Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quips and Quotes Concerning Change

Executive Summary:
Sometimes a single phrase says it all.  Here are some of my favorite mottos and quotes concerning change.

The Rest of the Story:
Poetry is, in my opinion, one of the highest literary arts.  Generally speaking, poetry conveys a great deal with very few words.  Under that specific criterion, the haiku might be one of the highest forms of poetry.

I won’t claim to be a poet.  Nor will I claim to be a quotable genius, or even quotable.  However, when trying to convey fundamental ideas in very short moments of time, I have found myself using the same phrases over and over because they convey a message in an instant.

Here are some of my favorite things to say regarding the subject of change.  Any one of these could be a post unto itself, in fact some of them have been.  I offer them up to my audience for its consideration or comment.

  • Change is a process, not an event (Also, learning is a process, not an event)

  • Change according to plan is progress, change without a plan is chaos

  • Don’t let the quest for perfection get in the way of delivering good enough

  • Change is like removing a band-aid; you can peel it off slowly, a little at a time, or you can rip it off all at once.  It’s just a matter of how you like to take your pain.

  • “Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.”  - Japanese Proverb

  • Change has two parts; a From, and a To.  Don’t start to change before you know what each of those parts is.

  • Don’t change unless there is a reason to do so

  • Change necessitates learning.  Learning inspires change.

  • Change is necessary.  Smart change comes with a plan.

Please feel free to comment and add your own.  In the mean time, I hope that one or more of the ideas above prove useful.

Stay wise, friends.

1 comment:

  1. Change always happens...which always makes a difference to someone.