The Risk and Pain of Change

“Real change happens, when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing.”

“Change is a math formula. The formula is, change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.” – Alan M. Weber

“The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

Three different quotes; all with a similar meaning.

Rather than share how I view these quotes, today I’d like you to think about them and how they might appear in your life. Let me know in the comments.

Photo Credit: The Hope by Mustafa Khayat

5 thoughts on “The Risk and Pain of Change

  1. Evie,

    For me, the change was something that I felt. I knew that I had to change. The challenge came in worrying about the “how”. But I really relate to the bud quote.

    A seed doesn’t worry about how it will grow. It just does what is natural for it to do. When I focus on doing what is “natural” for me (ie growing), then a lot of my anxiety and fear goes away.

  2. This actually is a big problem for businesses. Most excel (pun intended) at determining the cost to implement a change- and then decide if the value exceeds the costs. They rarely (I would move that needle a heck of a lot closer to zero) determine the cost for NOT changing or NOT implementing the improvement. As such, they have not a clue as to the cost of being an ostrich!

    1. Roy, that’s such a good point. I remember being in situations where it was decided to not do something now because it was cheaper, but it cost more money in the long run (15+ minutes every week to tweak, or 3 hours one day to fix). I hadn’t even thought of some of those other things that might not be as measurable, but are costly just the same.
      Great point!

  3. People shouldn’t be afraid of change because it brings us new options in life. When I was a child, I was afraid of being an old woman but growing up makes us change. You must face your fears and accept it in order to develop personal growth.


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