Below is a preview chapter from Steven’s upcoming book, Be a Change Champion. Mastering Momentum: 10 Factors for Sustaining the Boom and Avoiding the Bust of Change Momentum Key 2: Expect Problems As the saying goes in the military, “No plan of battle ever survives contact with the enemy.” This saying doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plan; it just means we should do so with the understanding that the original plan is going to need modifications along the way. Such adjustments are nearly unavoidable because once you launch your plan, you are going to learn things you could never have anticipated when you first created it.
Fear is a normal and appropriate response to many of the challenges we face in life. The problem comes when fear becomes a reason for not accomplishing something. The reality is that we often do things in spite of fear – we ride scary amusement park rides, meet future in-laws, go on job interviews, or go sky-diving. Fear is not the real reason we do not do something; it’s just an excuse we allow ourselves to use in order to get off the hook. For instance, fear of public speaking is one of the top fears people have. Yet few of us never speak in