Slow steady change

Change is good, but too much change is bad.

This cygnet gradually changes into a swan.

This cygnet gradually changes into a swan.

One of the giant challenges of my life presently is too much fast change.  Too much change in a limited time can cause huge anxiety, uncertainty and instability.  The human mind needs security.

My landlord has sold the building I live in, then vanished for a month.  Nobody was able to contact this landlord, the insecurity we all felt was unbearable.  The missing landlord meant a tenant lost a good place they planned to move to, another tenant rushed into a one year expensive contract in a less than ideal location so that they could feel secure.

In a book called The 48 Laws of Power is Law number 45:

“Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once.”

If the changes you make only impact you, then it is your headache and you can change at a level you are comfortable with, but if there are stakeholders impacted by your changes you need to step back and work out a road map that won’t cause you and them a nervous breakdown.  The recent example of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is a case in point, made changes too fast, and this was one of the reasons they are no longer in power.  One Egyptian said how he felt his nation’s identity had become lost, how the Egypt he knew was becoming a place he no longer knew.  The pace of change for the Egyptians was too fast to the point they were beginning to panic due to too much unfamiliarity and insecurity the change brought to them.  Change is good but with stakeholders involved the Moslem Brotherhood would have been in a better position to create slow small changes over years rather than months.

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6 responses to “Slow steady change

  1. Sorry to hear about your landlord selling your building. Do you know where you’ll go yet?

  2. There are many ‘Egypt’ examples, Libya is another, Syria will be another if they manage to stop killing each other…

    AV

  3. My recently completed courses filled me with so much stress, that I turned away from dealing with other very stressful situations for fear that I would collapse emotionally and screw up everything. I avoided that which could produce bad news at a very critical time. It was a decision I don’t regret, though I am still chasing after those difficult tasks which were not dealt with at the time. During very stressful times I feel it is best to avoid adding much more stress and avoid the distractions.

    • Often we have to make drastic decisions to filter and avoid activities and people in life to survive an ongoing challenge. I agree with you prioritising is important in surviving any challenging period in life. Thanks for sharing your experiences

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