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Day 54 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Key to Change!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Question: “What is the hardest part about changing myself or something about my organization?”

Answer: “Acknowledging that it must be changed.”

The seventy challenges I tackle in, How to Lead by THE BOOK will require that the reader changes something in order to improve results: his thinking, leadership style, perception, strategy, and the like. But before anyone can change anything, they must first admit there is a problem. And therein lies the biggest challenge of all, because the natural tendency is to minimize our faults, trivialize the dangers of living with the status quo, and continue to dwell in denial. We forget that if nothing changes, then nothing changes.

This was one of the most frustrating challenges Jesus had in dealing with the religious “experts” of his day, the Pharisees. In John 9, after healing a man blind from birth, the Pharisees refused to acknowledge that God worked through Jesus, labeling Him instead as a sinner. They could not deny the miracle, but they steadfastly denied Christ’s role in performing it. They insisted that they saw, even though they remained blind to truth. This is why Jesus declared to them in verse 41:

If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, “We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.

In other words, if they honestly didn’t know in their hearts that God was working through Christ, they could plead ignorance. But because they knew in their hearts that this was true, but refused to acknowledge it, their guilt and shame remained.

The simple truth is this: you cannot change what you don’t acknowledge. While you may intuitively know the areas you must change within yourself or your organization, until you confess the problem and face these issues, you cannot fix them.

Living in denial is dangerous. Denial stifles your potential, kills your dreams, and can eventually even kill you. Just as a cancer victim can deny their lump is abnormal until it is too late, you can sanitize your faults and shortcomings right up until the point when the bottom falls out of your life or business.

Paradoxically, as long as you live in denial yet insist that you “see”, you will remain blind. But truly “seeing” means that you face reality about what is wrong with your life and act upon it with as much speed as you possibly can.