Change is necessary, but difficult. Whether in our personal lives or in business, we all encounter the need for change, and most of us will struggle. Why is it that change is so difficult? The biggest reason is pain. With change comes pain, and people and organizations do not like pain, so they avoid it.
If it was easy to workout and diet, nobody would be overweight. If it was a breeze to change an unhealthy business culture, all companies would be candidates for Forbes top places to work. Change is hard work, and it’s uncomfortable.
Since change is necessary, we must confront pain, and to confront pain, we need courage.
Webster defines courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty”. I would add that courage is not the absence of fear, it is taking action in the face of it.
If you are embarking on a change within your organization, I hope you will have to courage to press on. There may be nothing more difficult than changing a system.
In Machiavelli’s “A Perspective” he writes “It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. “
Machiavelli may be right about the difficulty in changing a system, but it doesn’t mean change is not doable and worth it. Yes change is difficult and painful, but you can persevere if you have courage.
Have the courage to change.