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Theo Nault

Change VS. Movement

I am currently reading (well listening, do audio-books count?) Good to Great by Jim Collins, and I came to a part that stood out to me regarding growth and change.  I feel like I see friends, family & colleagues making these large changes seemingly out of nowhere.  It’s hard not to feel a little discouraged when people around you are excelling by leaps and bounds, but the point that I tend to forget and Jim helped remind me is that they all started with just an inch of movement. 

Of course you’re not going to notice the inch of movement that someone else made, you only notice once the entire change has happened.  No articles are written about companies changing their small everyday processes, they’re written about booming successful companies ruling the current market.  The important part isn’t the change itself, it’s about the momentum that you gain by making small daily changes that culminate into something much larger.   There is no one moment where this change just clicks into place, there is not definition of exactly what made this change happen, there is only movement and momentum that eventually leads to a breakthrough.   When I remember that it’s not about the change but about the processes that leads to change, it actually becomes hard to get discouraged, because every little step counts. 

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