“If you stick today to doing what you did yesterday, you certainly won’t succeed with what you might achieve tomorrow!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
The reality of reinvention should be pretty easy for many people to comprehend – but seems to be something that is incredibly hard for many to do. That’s something that I will never fully understand when it comes to innovation, disruption, and the future.
Why is this the case? The reasons are many, but let me give you just a few in the context of the strange new land in which we find ourselves today:
- an inability to accept reality: that seems to be a theme for 2020!
- inertia is easy: when confronted by change, many people react by …. doing nothing.
- an avoidance mindset: when things are uncomfortable, the easiest thing to do to deal with that discomfort is to avoid it!
- repetition is easy: reinvention is hard
- laziness is on the agenda: you’ll do it later because reinvention is hard work,
- an unwillingness to confront the truth: your old business model is probably gone, but you won’t accept it
- clinging to the past: a belief that we’ll soon get back to normal (we won’t; everything has changed)
- a scope challenge: a lack of appreciation for the change that has occurred: the events of the year are transformative
- an inability to take risks: you were comfortable for so long in your ‘old ways’ that you don’t know how to try a new way!
- paralyzed by the fear of failure: new ideas seem to be too far-reaching and daunting!
- moving slow when speed is critical: but things have never moved this fast!
- a loss of confidence: you aren’t certain they can compete, adapt, and change.
- fear of the unknown: in times of uncertainty: far too many people go into a ‘wait-and-see’ mode when they aren’t sure as to what comes next.
If you are guilty of these attitudes, history has taught us that you are at extremely high risk of future failure! Get moving!