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Why do we resist change (3)

April 28, 2024

Why do we resist change? (3)

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." Ecc 3:1 NIV

What happens when you try to implement change at the wrong time? For that matter, when is the right time to do it? From a leadership perspective, there are actually better times than others to make changes. 

Dr.John Maxwell, who wrote the best seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, says: "1 developed the following checklist to help me navigate the process: 

  • Will this [change] benefit the followers? 

  • Is [it] compatible with the purpose of the organization? 

  • Is this change specific and clear? 

  • Are the top 20 percent (the influencers) in favor of [it]? 

  • Is it possible to test this change before making a total commitment to it? 

  • Are physical, financial, and human resources available to make this change? 

  • Is [it] reversible? Is this change the next obvious step? 

  • Does [ it] have both short- and long-range benefits? 

  • Is the leadership capable of bringing about this change? 

  • Does everything else indicate the timing is right? 

Before implementing a big change, I run through this checklist and answer each question with a yes or no. If too many questions have a no by them, then I conclude that the timing may not be right." Timing is so important. The Bible says: "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven...He has made everything beautiful in its time" (vv. 1, 11 NKJV). If you're thinking of making a change, talk to God "the timekeeper" and ask Him 

(1) what should I do? and 

(2) when should I do it?

Then step out in faith and trust Him to guide you!

Why do we resist change?

Talk to God "the timekeeper."

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