Why we hate progress.

Actually, we don’t hate progress.
We just really love inertia.
And so we oppose change.
Because change disrupts our routines.
Change creates uncertainty.
Think back to your childhood.
Remember waking up to a pristine, snow covered landscape?
You’d hurry to get ready, rush out your front door and head off to school.
Zigging and zagging, pushing and dragging your feet to create a one-of-a-kind path.
And invariably, the next kid in the neighborhood would leave his home.
And he’d follow your crooked path.
Kicking away and stomping down more snow on his way.
And then the next kid, and the next.
Until finally there was a well-worn, precisely defined route all the way to school.
Well, that’s what happens with your mind.
When you think the same thoughts, or perform the same task over and over again.
You develop a neural pathway in your brain.
And like a dry path in wet snow, it becomes a comfortable route.
A path of least resistance.
To remove this habit or old way of thinking takes a focused effort.
It requires that you step out of your rut.
Deviate from the norm.
And get your brain wet, cold and uncomfortable.
Progress requires discomfort.
It’s not made without sacrifice and struggle.
Or as Ringo Starr chanted:
“Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues.
And you know it don’t come easy.”