The Devil You Know vs The Devil You Don’t Know

This isn’t a blog but a commentary on a friend’s blog. A danger of getting older is that we get more secure in the same old way of doing things. Even when it’s served its purpose and run its course. It’s easier to embrace the mundane and even mediocre than suiting up for a new beginning or a new jumping off point.

Details kill dreams
I strive for perfection. I analyze things to death. If I can’t see it, explain it, figure out all the details, it’s an ice cube’s chance in the hot place I’ll proceed.

Partnership strengthens faith
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 1 Samuel 14:6: “Perhaps the LORD will help us, for nothing can hinder the LORD. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” Perhaps?  That’s the best you got?  We all have that “instigator” friend in our lives who gets us to do things we wouldn’t ordinarily do. I’m grateful for those friends and moments, well most of them, because it pushed me beyond my comfort zone and forced me to experience new and exciting things.

Let’s jump off a cliff together
I believe, more often than not, we get to these moments where we just gotta go for it. Much like the step of faith scene in the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones had to walk into the unknown in order to save his father’s life. There are people counting on us to make bold, courageous, and even risk decisions.

“Do what you think is best,” the youth replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide” (v. 1 Samuel 14:7). God’s going to help us or we’re going to die trying.  Staying in the same place could prove fatal or even deadly. Butch and Sundance knew that too well. But survival trumped security and common sense. I relish those moments when partners or teams give each other that crazy look and say: let’s go for it. Throw caution to the wind, this is a moment and we’re going to make it count.

Well written, Jason. I’d say the devil is not trying something new.

Living Boldly

Often times when it comes to embracing change, the very thing that disables organizations from moving forward is the fear of uncertainty. The excuse that is frequently made comes in the form of a question, “Which is worse, the devil you know or the devil you don’t know?”
In short, the conclusion being made is that its better to deal with the same organizational problems, people, practices… you name it, rather than trying something new that has a degree of uncertainty. The problem with this thinking is that the devil you do know is still a devil.
In order to make necessary changes, we have to first understand that uncertainty is not a devil—its uncertainty. Where the question lies is, how then do we mitigate uncertainty in order to get rid of the devil we know? Here are four simple ways to make calculated decisions.
Involve Others…

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