[Update: See more on the topic of Embracing Change
in my May 19/2014 post on Leading Change.]
I’m working on my Spotlight Presentation for Connect 2014: Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference. Here is my presentation description:
One of the key ideas in the presentation is that a collective ‘we’ are the people who will change education in a positive way. To do this, ‘we’ need to recognize that:
- Change isn’t usually easy.
- Change only happens when we create a need.
- Change is not a thought or a discussion, but an action.
- The time to act is now.
Tonight I came across this quote, and I wanted to create an image to go with it.
“If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
This is what I came up with:
The idea is simple. The greater the importance we place on something, the greater the challenge we are willing to face. We will find a way! However, if it is not important enough, then it is much easier to make excuses than it is to make the effort to face the challenge or to change.
Change happens when: Importance > Challenge.
I am hoping that by the end of my presentation, participants will be inspired to face a new challenge that they may not have chosen to tackle before my presentation. I’m still struggling to create an authentic way for participants to share their plans, to publicly commit to taking on a challenge, or to begin ‘finding a way’ once they decide on their new challenge.
Above, I intentionally called my future presentation attendees ‘participants’ and not ‘audience’. The challenge I’m working on now is making my presentation meaningfully participatory. I don’t want people to come to my presentation to talk about embracing change, I want them to experience it. That’s important to me. If I find my way, I’ll be helping my participants find their way too! 🙂
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[Image updated 5/5/14. Original version here.]