The Risk and Pain of Change

“Real change happens, when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing.”

“Change is a math formula. The formula is, change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.” – Alan M. Weber

“The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

Three different quotes; all with a similar meaning.

Rather than share how I view these quotes, today I’d like you to think about them and how they might appear in your life. Let me know in the comments.

Photo Credit: The Hope by Mustafa Khayat

5 thoughts on “The Risk and Pain of Change

  1. Evie,

    For me, the change was something that I felt. I knew that I had to change. The challenge came in worrying about the “how”. But I really relate to the bud quote.

    A seed doesn’t worry about how it will grow. It just does what is natural for it to do. When I focus on doing what is “natural” for me (ie growing), then a lot of my anxiety and fear goes away.

  2. This actually is a big problem for businesses. Most excel (pun intended) at determining the cost to implement a change- and then decide if the value exceeds the costs. They rarely (I would move that needle a heck of a lot closer to zero) determine the cost for NOT changing or NOT implementing the improvement. As such, they have not a clue as to the cost of being an ostrich!

    1. Roy, that’s such a good point. I remember being in situations where it was decided to not do something now because it was cheaper, but it cost more money in the long run (15+ minutes every week to tweak, or 3 hours one day to fix). I hadn’t even thought of some of those other things that might not be as measurable, but are costly just the same.
      Great point!

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