Time Saving Advice when Discerning a Change…


Here’s a time saving tip…

When you are considering a change.

First decide if you’re going to make the change.

Before you spend any time deciding how you will implement the change.

I’ve been in brainstorming meetings to decide whether or not we would make a change. The conversation quickly starts going towards the details…as if we had already decided to make the change.

I’ve learned people like to discuss the how. Yet, many times, after a brainstorming session, we decide not to make the chage at all. So, when the conversation goes to how, before the decision has even been made to change, I like to draw our attention back to the original question. “Should we make this change…or not?”

Many times there will be no energy towards accomplishing the change…regardless of how good the change seems. Sometimes its clearly not good timing for the change, and, with a quick discernment, everyone knows it. It could be the best thing is to wait, and tabling the idea for now makes more sense.

Rather than continuing the discussion of a change you aren’t going to make now, save your time and energy for another discussion.

There are exceptions, but…

Discussing the “how” before the “if” usually wastes valuable time and energy.

If its a worthy, needed change, you’ll figure out the how.

Any questions?

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4 thoughts on “Time Saving Advice when Discerning a Change…

  1. Thanks Pastor Ron for the insights — Discussing the “how” before the “if” usually wastes valuable time and energy. This is true. I believe that along with "if", we can also include the "why".

    Many times, I see people failing to address this "why" before harping on to "how"? When we are able to answer the "why", then "if" and subsequently "how" can be managed with ease and confidence.
    I feel that this is the one of the prime reasons for success of the 'purpose driven people' in this world.