Byron's Babbles

If Everything Repeats

Posted in Education, Educational Leadership, Global Education, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on November 5, 2022

The phrase “It’s easy to be right when everything repeats” in the great band Trivium’s song The Heart From Your Hate has caused me to do some deep thinking. If you get to reflecting on it, that line alone in the song is really deep. We can look at this two ways:

  1. If we keep everything the same it is easy to repeat success every time – status quo.
  2. The same things will just keep happening, and usually get more difficult, until you recognize and eliminate the behavior that needs to change.

Why do people resist change? One reason is the fact that it may mean having to make some changes to processes that are already in place that have become easy to just keep doing. This is why it is so hard to change the status quo. The problem with this is that while the status quo might be creating so called “success,” or being “right,” that might not be the right success any more. I remember when I was leading the process in Indiana to go away from students passing a single exam to graduate to students having multiple pathways to graduate, there was tremendous resistance from those who had figured out the “system” to get kids to pass the exam. Some after multiple tries and being put through what I called the remediation factory. Those resisters could be right because everything was just repeating, but that was not the right thing to do for our scholars.

We can also view the easiness of being right when everything repeats itself from our own lens of recognition. Why do our experiences keep repeating? Think about this formula Event + Reaction =Outcome. You may be saying, “Everyone knows that, Byron. That’s really easy!” Is it, though? It sounds basic and very simple and yes it is basic and very simple but it has a lot of meaning. Think about this; what if the ‘R’ (reaction) is kept constant in the formula? Won’t your experiences keep repeating themselves? We need to change the ‘R’ (reaction) in our personal lives and organizations into a variable. Only then can we change the ‘O’ (outcome).

Yes, it is easy to be right when everything repeats or stays status quo, but that sometimes limits us from great relationships or doing great things. Thanks, Trivium, for making me reflect on this!


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  1. Brenda said, on November 5, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    It’s easy to change when something isn’t working. But as you’ve said, when something works but you can change it to make it better, you will get resistance. The old “if it ain’t broke” chestnut. Change can be hard, but if I didn’t change my path in the past (where I was sucessful) I wouldnt be where I am now – feeling more accomplished and possibly more successful. It takes courage to challenge the status quo when things/life appears good – we need to seethe purpose and value of change


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