Change Before You Have To

How to plan for disruption

August 2nd, 2021

Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, liked to think about change. I'm sure he meant purely in business terms but maybe it applies to personal life too.

There's something that appeals to me about intentionally making things uncomfortable, especially where I'm at with my own personal growth. It's my current mental challenge to become comfortable with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.

Maybe change is growth when you expect it and disruption when you don't?

Changing My Mornings

Just this past Friday, I was irritable in a morning meeting and in hindsight, it was because I was uncomfortable.

It was natural to feel that way in our first meaningful design review. If I'd just been more patient with those feelings however, then I could've asked clarification questions and seen that there was no misalignment. We were all on the same page all along.

Also I was very hungry and un-caffeinated. That's never good at work.

So I'm going to start a few small changes: preparing cold snacks and coffee the night before I have early morning meetings, and asking clarification questions when feeling irritated.

So that's my takeaway: start with small steps and don't wait for a sign.

What about you, dear reader? What small changes can you make? And if you're waiting for a more obvious sign in your own life before feeling the need to change, then here you go:

This is the sign you've been waiting for...