Sometimes it takes severe pain and discomfort before we initiate necessary change.
In most cases, before there was severe pain, there were signs of a problem developing. For a variety of reasons it doesn’t get addressed:
- You don’t want to be an alarmist.
- You aren’t certain you are right.
- You are afraid your news won’t be received well.
So, by not addressing it, things worsen over time. Before long, what could have been handled preventively becomes a major cleanup.
Business coach Dr. Henry Cloud says diligent thinkers have the courage to handle things early: “Diligence is bringing urgency to the things that aren’t shouting.”
As we adopt a lean culture, we will be more aggressive about preemptive efforts to catch problems before they are big. We will become more aggressive about making good better.