Change is scary, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Too often, we let the familiar stand in the way of our potential progress. What we’ve always done can feel like an idyllic and picturesque comfort zone, but the familiar doesn’t always take us where we need to go to grow our business, our team, or ourselves.
Every day we face choices at work, at home, at school – wherever we are. Sometimes, we’re stoked. There are some killer options out there, and we’re ready to pick one and move forward. The team is aligned and it’s time to roll.
Other times, the choices are tougher ones. When we’re faced with complex decisions, I challenge you to search for what we can do, not what can’t get done. It’s so easy to stay where we are, but we want to make progress, right? Doing the same thing over and over and over will eventually make us all extinct, so it’s always time to evolve.
Yes, change can be frightening, but we can move forward, and we will get through it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned along the way, it’s that it always works out. We just need to dig in and find a way to muscle through the tough stuff together. We can look at the big picture with our teams and find an answer we haven’t thought of yet to make the path to change a little easier to navigate.
There’s always a way, and there’s always a place to find middle ground on the route to success. When faced with a decision, maybe try not to say “no” right away, but instead ask questions to help drive an outcome that is possible, even if the terrain to get there looks a little different than anticipated. We can find a solution if we dissect the process a bit and come up with an answer together. The outcome may shift slightly, but we will always get there (or somewhere!), and we will do our best to make something work out.
Sometimes we must step back, look at the big picture, and take it all in so we can develop a strategy to tackle what’s scary, new, and different. It’s our job to bring possibility to the discussion, and sometimes we need to cut through the weeds to get there, but it’ll work out, and it probably takes a team to accomplish it. In the book Together is Better, Simon Sinek tells us that “Failure we can do alone. Success always takes help.” So, the next time you’re faced with a challenging choice, let’s figure out how we can help. Let’s tackle it together, ask the tough questions, and overcome the scary factor that can blind us from the possibilities ahead. It’s time to search for what we can do, not what can’t get done.