Clear Distinctions: Ends vs. Means

Having arrived early for a client meeting, I became privy to a conversation spurred by heavy resistance to changes they were trying to make. Those present proposed many ideas to reduce the resistance. Unfortunately, those ideas were of two distinct types:

  • Changes to the goal
  • Changes to the methods used to achieve the goal

If you are struggling with implementation, whether encountering resistance or hitting other obstacles, be sure to distinguish between the ends and the means. If your goal is sound, don’t sacrifice it just because you haven’t found a suitable method for achieving it. There are always multiple paths to any destination. If your desired end point is important, stay strong and find a new path.

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