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Change Needs To Have A Reason

"Don't take the fence down until you know the reason it was put up." --G. K. Chesterton
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The Consequences for Refusing to Change

From 1900 to 1967, the Swiss were the leading watchmakers in the world. In 1967, when digital technology was patented, the Swiss rejected it in favor of the traditional ball bearings, gears, and mainsprings they had been using to make watches for decades. Unfortunately, however, the world was ready for this advance, and Seiko, a Japanese company, picked up the digital patent and became the leading watch manufacturer in the world almost overnight.

Fifty thousand of the 67,000 Swiss watchmakers went out of business because they refused to embrace this new technology. It was not until years later that the Swiss caught up and regained their position in the marketplace with the creation of Swatch watches. --from ACTS Daily Encounter

Two Reasons Why People Change

Some people only change when they are forced to do so.  They're like the guy who was always in trouble with the law.  He went to confession and told the priest, "I'm changing my ways, father."
The priest said, "Have you finally seen the light, my son?"
"No father.  I have felt the heat."
There are 2 reasons why people change--they either feel the heat or see the light.  Feeling the heat forces us to change.  Seeing the light inspires us to change.
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The Key to Change

The virtue you would like to have, assume it is already yours, appropriate it, enter into the part and live the character just as the great actor is absorbed in the part he plays." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Same Old Baloney

          Two construction workers had taken a lunch break and opened up their lunch boxes. One of them looked inside his box and said, "Not baloney again! I can't believe it. I hate baloney. This is the third time this week I've had baloney. I can't stand baloney!"

          The other one said, "Why don't you just ask your wife to make you something different?"

          He replied, "I don't have a wife. I made these myself." 

          The fact is, most of the baloney in our lives we put there ourselves. If we ever want life to be any different from the same old baloney we keep serving ourselves, then we must break out of doing the routine. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 65)

Cross Reference:

The Key to Overcoming Anger

Why Some People Fight Their Pastors

Like Jumping in a Swimming Pool

A Smart Move

Living in the Present

Resistance to Change--Even at Disney Land