Thursday, August 13, 2015

Change Again? Why Steps forward are like buying new shoes

Got an email today.  Certainly not earth shattering, I get about 100+ a day. But this one said we are moving from being cloud based by Dropbox to Google.  Without getting too technical, we already had both, but dropbox lived on our computers.  Dropbox was like our "hard drive" and Google was a swiss army knife.  Now Google will replace that...  You might say, "no big deal". But this announcement was district wide and I already hear the deep breath of apprehension to this idea.

Why is change so difficult to understand these days? Because change is going from what @mwiersy quoted today in my @voxer bookchat on the book Influencer by, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.

Here is Mike's favorite quote from the book that relates so well to the email I read.

"First people tend to resist new behaviors because they're crystal clear about what they'll lose by change but uncertain about what  they'll gain. Like it or not, when it comes to change, humans tend to overvalue what they're losing while undervaluing what they gain.  So don't eagerly embrace the verbally recommended strategy."

Drop the mic moment for me! So true, don't let go of what we know for what we might not know because it is uncomfortable.

If you live in a "change and tweak world" world, you want this! You want change, not to change direction, but to continue to grow within the focus on innovation and improvement.  If there is better way to travel your journey, why would you not embrace it.

Here is my simple analogy to explain this.  Why do you buy new shoes? Shoes never last a lifetime, especially if you are a runner.  Sure you have preference, but you still go shopping and try to find a new pair.  You embrace that new pair and live with them for a while and then repeat the process.

Learning and change is like buying new shoes.  We buy new shoes when old ones are no longer comfortable or don't work for us anymore.

We are at a pinnacle of advancement, either embrace it or be left wearing shoes that no longer feel or look good!


  1. I like your analogy of buying new shoes. Even though you don't point it out directly, there's that period of new shoes where you have to break them in at first which is usually uncomfortable. However, it tends to be worth it as you soon realize on your next run (running shoes) or styling with your next outfit (dress shoes).

    1. Good point. Had not thought about that "wearing" in part when I originally wrote this. Thanks!

  2. I guess "wearing" them in is s better way to put it rather than say "breaking" them in. I like being able to make little changes like that (terms); I feel like it subconsciously makes an impact. Thanks! I'll make sure I "wear" in my new shoes the next time I buy some!