Most of us have a good thing going. Whether it’s our job, our daily routine or our relationships, we’ve all been doing the same thing for quite a while. It’s all a well-worn routine; muscle-memory at its finest. I’ve been doing home inspections since 2001 and have it down to a science. I know my job, my software and my routine like the back of my hand. I could do it with my eyes closed. Why should I change now?
All too often, in our personal as well as our business lives, we choose the status-quo over change. We keep doing the same things over and over again. We know exactly what we’re going to do, and exactly the results that we’re going to get.
What if there is a new way to do it? What if there’s a better way to do it?
If we really stop and think about it, are we really getting the results that we want? Are we achieving everything that we know we can? Are we falling short? Couldn’t we be doing so much better; doing so much more?
But to do that, we would have to change. We would have to move out of our comfort zone and try something new; something unknown. But why would we do something that, on the surface, seems like such a stupid thing to do? We already know what we have, we know what we’re doing, we know what we put in and what comes out the other end. Why would we want to change?
Even though we could better ourselves, even though we could become more efficient, even though we could be healthier, even though we could better our relationships, we still chose the status-quo. We know things could be better with just a little effort. So why don’t we do it, why don’t we make the change? Why do we choose to stay the same?
Because it’s the easy way out. Because, by nature, we are programmed to take the path of least resistance. It’s simpler to keep doing the same thing; to stay on that well-worn path; to follow the same routine.
We know that changing our methods would be good for us; that it would produce those results that we so desire. But whether it’s getting in shape, improving a relationship, upping our marketing or just improving our product, we all fall short.
It’s too hard to change my routine. We tell ourselves that we simply don’t have the time to exercise. We say that we’ll talk about it later. We convince ourselves that we’re doing OK with the current version of our product, why risk changing it?
We can rattle off excuses all day long. Face it, the status-quo is easy; change is hard. That’s why we all have plans, we all have goals, we all envision a better/stronger/faster/updated version of ourselves, but the vast majority of us never get there.
It’s too hard.
I’m too busy.
It’ll never work.
The fact is that even after reading this, hell, even after writing this, most of us will do nothing. We will think about getting up earlier and starting that exercise program. We will imagine how much we could get done if we just cut out 30 minutes of screen time each evening. We will wonder how much better our job/product/relationship/life would be if we just made that one little change. If we tried something different; if we learned a new skill; if we took that risk.
But no, it’s too easy to keep doing the same thing. It’s working fine; I’m making a good living; everything’s OK. I’m OK.
What the hell, we just might like it.
You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as (the) ocean…C. JoyBell C.
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