In other words, it is all about personal commitment. At least that is what I took away from the book The Answer to How is Yes by bestselling author, Peter Block.
When we are faced with change – especially large scale social change – we are often confronted with a host of “how” questions. “How do you do it?” “How long will it take?” “How much will it cost?” and more. Not that these are improper questions, but if they are asked before there is a genuine commitment to the work of change – they end up telling us more about our doubts than anything else.
They are a signal that we may not be ready for the task ahead. At that point we may need to take a step back to search our collective hearts and to measure the depth of our personal commitment. Instead of asking how much will it cost – Block suggests we ask what price am I willing to pay. Instead of asking how long will it take – we could be asking what commitment am I willing to make. After all, when something is important, we can usually find a way to pay for it and to commit the time to get it done. It isn’t about how. If I am committed to the work, then the answer is absolutely a yes, and then together we will figure out the how.