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Just Some Growing Pains

On November 3rd, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by 1 Comment

“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.” – Bruce Lee

When I was about eight years old, I was complaining to my mother about pain in my legs. She gave me a bit of a dismissive “pshaw”, and said I was probably having some growing pains. I was extremely happy to hear that, as I was one of the short kids in the neighborhood!

I frequently recall memories of my parents, and that one came to mind this morning as I was thinking about the concept and effects of CHANGE.

Google is chock full of sites and memes about embracing CHANGE. Most of my friends and colleagues would agree that a calm, normal eight hours is the definition of a good day. Minimal variation is the comfort zone. It’s not that one resists CHANGE, we just aren’t willing to look for trouble.

Whether we like it or not – or even recognize it – CHANGE happens all around us. Every minute of every day. Our actions cause reactions by others, and their reactions cause us to adjust in turn. Major events and small subtleties occur every day and everywhere, and it’s the world we’ve lived in our entire lives.

Even when an overwhelmingly positive CHANGE occurs, it can sometimes be tough. Some people will be resistant. Embracing and accepting may generate fear, and certainly many questions. “Things are going well, why do this?” Or one of my favorites, “We’ve been doing it this way for decades, why change now?”

These questions have been asked multiple times during my tenure at Penn Emblem. CHANGES in any company are sometimes comfortable, sometimes not so much. The primary question that must be asked is, “Do we need to do this?” If the answer is “Yes”, that CHANGE must be embraced.

Industry and thought leaders believe in CHANGE, because it is only where achievement is possible. They embrace it even though it might fail, because those failures are opportunities to learn.

Leaders embrace the resistance as well… that painful movement from one state to another, the necessary stretching of those muscles and joints.

Those hurts make us strong, but they are just growing pains.

 

john-lAbout the Author: John Langan is currently National Sales Manager at Penn Emblem Company, but has worn many hats in his thirty plus years in the corporate identification business… from screen printer to graphic artist to customer service to marketing director.

 

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  • harryhallman

    Nice one John.