Sunday, December 11, 2005

Persistence pays when you want change

"If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then a third time - a tremendous whack."
- Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister during World War II; received Nobel Prize for literature in 1953 (1874-1965)

Churchill referred to tactics that would be necessary to achieve change in parliament. But the same tactics may be used in our personal lives when we want change.

People such as our employer, our spouse or the leadership of our religious community are naturally reluctant to embrace change. But if we make our point positively and effectively and repeatedly, those who need to change their thinking will budge. They may even think that they originated the plan for change if we make our point subtly enough--not using the pile driver that Churchill suggested.

Change takes time when the minds of others must be turned in a new direction. It takes a plan, patience and determination.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving for change to make the world and individual lives better.
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