Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

I Could Do Better

"People don't resist change. They resist being changed!" -Peter Senge

I'm sitting here this morning at a coffee shop with a mug of coffee (no paper cups) and my laptop. It's a little foggy outside, but I'm anticipating a beautiful day ahead. This place, aside from the shower, is where I do my best thinking and get the most energy. I often read in these times. Sometimes I work on things for my consulting company. This morning I spent some time considering how I could be better.

When was the last time your asked yourself that question? How could I be better? Or, for those of us that have faith, what might God want me to change to become better?

I'll tell you this, it's a loaded question. Change is hard work. Yesterday evening I was discussing this topic with some friends and discovered all sorts of wisdom. For example, when it comes to change, what we often want is the end result but not the work. I think that's what makes most of us adverse to change - the work. It's another time when our convenience culture really doesn't serve us well. Whether our change is weight loss, better grades, treating people better, or adjusting certain behaviors, there is always work involved in change. Although if it was easy than everyone would do it (or that's what people tell me anyway).

Respected author Andy Law wrote, "Unless you are prepared to give up something valuable you will never be able to truly change at all, because you'll be forever in the control of things you can't give up." That's a tough one to swallow. Another author I like to follow is Marshall Goldsmith, a well respected executive coach who has helped develop some of the most successful people today. This is the guy you hire when you're already the executive of a fortune 500 company you still want to grow further. In his book, "Mojo", he writes, "After living with their dysfunctional behavior for so many years (a sunk cost if ever there was one), people become invested in defending their dysfunctions rather than changing them." Yup... nail on the head Mr. Marshall.

I'm convicted this morning about the habits, behaviors, and beliefs I've become more invested in defending that interested in changing. I put forth effort and energy to preserve the status quo instead of putting that effort towards developing both my weakness and strength areas. And then there is my pride, which is the giant elephant in the room. Ugh, that stupid attribute I wish we all could just switch off sometimes. It's hard to admit that these areas I've become so invested in defending, even if it's simply self justification, must change. 

Ultimately I'm renewed in my resolve this morning. What that resolve will turn into is probably a simple matter of discipline and choice. A matter of reflection, identification, and flat out hard work. After all, no one ever said change was easy. Well, accept for those magic diet pills.


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