The previous blog (How to Outperform and Outlast the Competition) discussed the four primary reasons why people are resistant to change. I would like to continue this line of thought with a visual. If any of you have ever seen a bucket of live crabs, you know that when one of the crabs tries to climb out of the bucket, the other crabs pull him back in. Something very similar happens to the people you are leaving behind as you look to make changes in your behavior. You will start hearing:
- What are you doing?
- Why do you want to do that?
- Stay here where you belong.
At some point additional obstacles may appear by the noise that you create in your own head. You might hear yourself saying:
- What am I thinking?
- Can I really do this?
- This is a lot harder than I thought.
- Is it really worth it?
Between the noise from others and the noise from your own self-doubts and fear, these challenges become so great that many of us make a “u-turn” right back to where we started. In order to avoid this detour, you need to muster the strength to carry out your purpose. Your success depends upon your dreams, goals, and vision being strong enough and deep enough to get you through the journey.