written by Courtney Lynch

I work with leaders who are seeking to lead change:

  • Change in themselves
  • Change for the teams they are a part of
  • Change for the organizations they lead

One of the key challenges of change is that to lead it, you must shift from stability to insecurity. When you do, you open yourself up to a range of possibilities – from danger to tremendous opportunity. Yet sometimes the fear of danger holds us back.

We can often get stuck at the point where our wish for change fails to translate to action. We want different, but we don’t do different … even if different means a host of wonderfully amazing possibilities. Many of us often prefer to talk about change and stay with a present state that isn’t as good as it could be, rather than accept the challenge of insecurity.

Insecurity is challenging, but that’s where real growth happens. 

I encourage you to reflect on simple changes you’d like to make in your life, your work, or your team. Ask yourself if the security of the known is better than the insecurity that can lead to something far better. And, then think about the journey you could be on to make yourself a better partner, colleague, friend, parent, and leader.

Change doesn’t need to be epic to be valuable.

I meet more leaders on good paths who’d like to be on a great one, than I meet those who believe they are on the absolute wrong path. Don’t resist taking the next step you want to, and (even need to), because the future is uncertain. That’s the moment to bet on you and take the risk.

If we pause and reflect on the past 18 months, we’ve had to make some pretty big decisions in the face of the unknown … and, so far, we’re still hanging in there. Think of the additional decisions you can make with intention that can lead you towards the future you envision for yourself.

Courtney Lynch is the co-founder of Lead Star and the New York Times best-selling author of SPARK: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success, Leading from the Front,and the soon to be published Bet on You. Sign up for Lead Star’s free, weekly newsletter to get timely leadership tips delivered directly to your inbox each Monday.