Inconvenience of Change: The Problem with Tomorrow

Most change agents out there are dreamers at heart. We dream the kinds of dreams that you can only dream when awake, and most of these dreams have one central theme: tomorrow can be better than today.Today is a New Day

It was Robert Kennedy who first put into words what most of us dreamers think about each day when he so appropriately said that we think about things that aren’t and ask, “Why not?” And whether we’re dreaming of a day when genocide ends or a day when people no longer go hungry in America, we can’t help but think that tomorrow will be a better day, one full of possibility and hope, one that is a future worth working for.

But here’s the downside of dreaming: When we spend so much time thinking about tomorrow, it’s very tempting to say that we’ll get around to it…tomorrow.

Before we know it, tomorrow’s today. And then we keep dreaming of a better tomorrow and put off the real work it’s going to take until – you guessed it – tomorrow.

Maybe this is why real change takes so long. Maybe this is why productive and meaningful advances seem to happen at a snail’s pace. It’s because so much of what gets talked about and dreamed up has to wait.

Until tomorrow. Maybe then change we’ll be convenient. Because it’s super inconvenient and so damn hard today.

So what’s a dreamer to do? How can we look favorably upon tomorrow while reminding ourselves that we’ve got to act today?

For me, it’s wrapped up in a simple five-word phrase: “Today is a new day.”

Before Starbucks put that message on its front doors, our friend Jen Lemen did so in colorful artwork. And for Jen (and us), what follows on that poster is a friendly kick in the stomach. Yes, today is a new day – but it will be just like yesterday if we don’t get busy changing things.

If we don’t embrace kindness.

Or practice compassion, stand up for justice or talk to strangers.

If we don’t ask for help and offer hope.

If we don’t listen with our whole heart, work for the common good or love well.

Everything will stay the same if we don’t try and be the change we wish to see in the world.

So, folks, we’ve got to get busy. Today. Now. Like, right now.

Change is inconvenient because it demands we act today. If we want a cathedral of better tomorrows, her foundation must be laid today.

Sam DavidsonAUTHOR BIO: Sam Davidson, aside from being the man kind enough to be giving away free copies of his book New Day Revolution to all of those involved in the Inconvenience of Change series, is the founder and CEO of Cool People Care. Sam epitomizes what it means to be a social entrepreneur – serving the added bottom line of giving back to community efforts and raising awareness daily. It’s an honor and a privilege to have him as a contributor here and more importantly, to have as a friend.


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30 Responses
  • Anita Lobo Reply

    Sam,
    This is an outstanding post for turning attention back to what we must to everyday, to achieve the rosy tomorrow’s that all of us dream of.
    Hats off to you for holding up a mirror with inimitable style and candor.
    Love the poster!
    Cheers,
    Anita Lobo

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks for the kind words, Anita. Here’s to hoping you can dream – and act – TODAY!

  • Anita Lobo Reply

    Sam,
    This is an outstanding post for turning attention back to what we must to everyday, to achieve the rosy tomorrow’s that all of us dream of.
    Hats off to you for holding up a mirror with inimitable style and candor.
    Love the poster!
    Cheers,
    Anita Lobo

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks for the kind words, Anita. Here’s to hoping you can dream – and act – TODAY!

  • Grace Reply

    So often I find myself saying, “Ah well, there’s always tomorrow.” Almost like accepting defeat or dealing with the problem tomorrow. Although I find that okay with certain circumstances (sometimes you have to back down, take a breather, reevaluate, etc.) I think that the here and now is most important. There is nothing like the present to take hold and act upon.

    I think you’ve really nailed it on the head that change is inconvenient because it demands we act today. Well said, Sam!

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks, Grace. I agree – re-evaluation is good, as is taking a breather. But we can’t let that rest consume us. Rather it needs to motivate us to move onward.

  • Grace Reply

    So often I find myself saying, “Ah well, there’s always tomorrow.” Almost like accepting defeat or dealing with the problem tomorrow. Although I find that okay with certain circumstances (sometimes you have to back down, take a breather, reevaluate, etc.) I think that the here and now is most important. There is nothing like the present to take hold and act upon.

    I think you’ve really nailed it on the head that change is inconvenient because it demands we act today. Well said, Sam!

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks, Grace. I agree – re-evaluation is good, as is taking a breather. But we can’t let that rest consume us. Rather it needs to motivate us to move onward.

  • Matt Reply

    This post is EPIC Sam – very well said. Personally? I am a huge advocate of lists – to the point where anyone who hung around me for long enough would think I was a huge nerd. BUT, they keep me level-headed, keep me organized, and help me prioritize.

    But there are always those things on the list – those Big Hairy Audacious Goal’s we all want to accomplish, we all want to conquer, that get pushed to tomorrow’s list – and then tomorrow, they’ll probably get pushed to the next day. It gets to the point where I am prioritizing my procrastination – and well, that’s just nuts, but it’s life. We all do it, we have dreams and passions, but so often they are put off until tomorrow.

    The here and now is what matters, making today great for a better tomorrow – chipping away at our goals, just doing it and all that – it’s easier said than done – but nothing was ever accomplished by thinking, you have to do, you have to be able to say ‘Today is the first day of the rest of my life’ and take that leap.

    Well done Sam – thanks for being a part of this (in many facets) and continuing to inspire me in the work you do.

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      So I’m a total ass for not checking out the comments here earlier. Hopefully I can redeem myself for leaving the conversation up in the air.

      Matt – your series is what’s EPIC. I’m glad to play a small part with a simple post.

      Keep making those lists and dreaming big. It’s those big dreams that truly change the world.

      • Matt Reply

        Hey Sam – it’s all good man! Better late than never, thanks for coming back through here and following up, keeping the discussion alive. And thank you for the accolades – a big part of the inspiration for this came from my direct and indirect experiences with Cool People Care – you guys truly lead by example and should be commended for that.

        I’m guilty of dreaming big, sometimes perhaps too big – which is where the lists com in. They help to visualize the dreams but set goals that I can achieve today – those things that will eventually lead toward the big goals out there waiting to be had.

        Thanks again Sam. This series wouldn’t have been complete without you in it.

  • Matt Reply

    This post is EPIC Sam – very well said. Personally? I am a huge advocate of lists – to the point where anyone who hung around me for long enough would think I was a huge nerd. BUT, they keep me level-headed, keep me organized, and help me prioritize.

    But there are always those things on the list – those Big Hairy Audacious Goal’s we all want to accomplish, we all want to conquer, that get pushed to tomorrow’s list – and then tomorrow, they’ll probably get pushed to the next day. It gets to the point where I am prioritizing my procrastination – and well, that’s just nuts, but it’s life. We all do it, we have dreams and passions, but so often they are put off until tomorrow.

    The here and now is what matters, making today great for a better tomorrow – chipping away at our goals, just doing it and all that – it’s easier said than done – but nothing was ever accomplished by thinking, you have to do, you have to be able to say ‘Today is the first day of the rest of my life’ and take that leap.

    Well done Sam – thanks for being a part of this (in many facets) and continuing to inspire me in the work you do.

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      So I’m a total ass for not checking out the comments here earlier. Hopefully I can redeem myself for leaving the conversation up in the air.

      Matt – your series is what’s EPIC. I’m glad to play a small part with a simple post.

      Keep making those lists and dreaming big. It’s those big dreams that truly change the world.

      • Matt Reply

        Hey Sam – it’s all good man! Better late than never, thanks for coming back through here and following up, keeping the discussion alive. And thank you for the accolades – a big part of the inspiration for this came from my direct and indirect experiences with Cool People Care – you guys truly lead by example and should be commended for that.

        I’m guilty of dreaming big, sometimes perhaps too big – which is where the lists com in. They help to visualize the dreams but set goals that I can achieve today – those things that will eventually lead toward the big goals out there waiting to be had.

        Thanks again Sam. This series wouldn’t have been complete without you in it.

  • Carlos Miceli Reply

    Sam, I gotta say congratulations first, and thanks second. Your approach towards change is so refreshing, that you really got me thinking about this…

    I agree completely with you when it comes to social change. Completely, it must start NOW. But what if we took this way of thinking and apply it in our everyday life and personal or goals. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Jenny Blake, but she wrote a post about how being ambitious to the fullest can be exhausting. Sometimes we have to relax I think.

    But not when it comes to our world and how we take care of it. There’ no tomorrow for that. You’re right on the money there Sam.

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks, Carlos.

      I agree – we shouldn’t run around without caution, trying to ‘do’ too much. If we do, we’ll lose site of our goals, become worn down and before we know it, we’ve produced a lot of action with very little results, like a hamster on its wheel.

      We need focus, goals and action steps. We need to get rid of the excuses and make intelligent decisions. Being smart about acting TODAY will result in big change.

  • Carlos Miceli Reply

    Sam, I gotta say congratulations first, and thanks second. Your approach towards change is so refreshing, that you really got me thinking about this…

    I agree completely with you when it comes to social change. Completely, it must start NOW. But what if we took this way of thinking and apply it in our everyday life and personal or goals. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Jenny Blake, but she wrote a post about how being ambitious to the fullest can be exhausting. Sometimes we have to relax I think.

    But not when it comes to our world and how we take care of it. There’ no tomorrow for that. You’re right on the money there Sam.

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks, Carlos.

      I agree – we shouldn’t run around without caution, trying to ‘do’ too much. If we do, we’ll lose site of our goals, become worn down and before we know it, we’ve produced a lot of action with very little results, like a hamster on its wheel.

      We need focus, goals and action steps. We need to get rid of the excuses and make intelligent decisions. Being smart about acting TODAY will result in big change.

  • Sam Reply

    Sam, this is beautifully written. I’m so glad Matt got you involved in this series. You’re right, part of the inconvenience of change is that most often it needs to be done as soon as possible. The problem with that is that we live in a society of procrastinators, we like things quick and easy, and if it’s not that way, we assume someone else will take care of it. Unfortunately, this is a very dangerous assumption. We can’t just stand idly by, we have to act. Great post!

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks, Sam!

      I agree that our world prides itself very often on convenience and comfort. Yet, discomfort is what ultimately makes us change, both personally and professionally. So, here’s to being uncomfortable!

  • Sam Reply

    Sam, this is beautifully written. I’m so glad Matt got you involved in this series. You’re right, part of the inconvenience of change is that most often it needs to be done as soon as possible. The problem with that is that we live in a society of procrastinators, we like things quick and easy, and if it’s not that way, we assume someone else will take care of it. Unfortunately, this is a very dangerous assumption. We can’t just stand idly by, we have to act. Great post!

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks, Sam!

      I agree that our world prides itself very often on convenience and comfort. Yet, discomfort is what ultimately makes us change, both personally and professionally. So, here’s to being uncomfortable!

  • Richard Reply

    Awesome job Sam! I love it! “The Time is Now,” I say!

    • Matt Reply

      Richard – just wanted to say thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll continue to be a part of the community here. Rock on bro!

  • Richard Reply

    Awesome job Sam! I love it! “The Time is Now,” I say!

    • Matt Reply

      Richard – just wanted to say thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll continue to be a part of the community here. Rock on bro!

  • Chelsie Reply

    Simplicity speaks volumes! As Matt remarked, “prioritizing our procrastination” really gets us nowhere closer to our dreams, but daily practicing the changes we hope to see in others gets us in the habit of making those dreams a reality in ourselves.
    Personal actions are the first step to experiencing today what we’d like to experience on a tomorrow’s grander scale. Like those cathedrals, eh? (great metaphor-loved it, btw)

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks for the kind words. Glad the metaphor hit home. I’m about to recycle it for use on my own blog!

  • Chelsie Reply

    Simplicity speaks volumes! As Matt remarked, “prioritizing our procrastination” really gets us nowhere closer to our dreams, but daily practicing the changes we hope to see in others gets us in the habit of making those dreams a reality in ourselves.
    Personal actions are the first step to experiencing today what we’d like to experience on a tomorrow’s grander scale. Like those cathedrals, eh? (great metaphor-loved it, btw)

    • Sam Davidson Reply

      Thanks for the kind words. Glad the metaphor hit home. I’m about to recycle it for use on my own blog!

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