A Change for the Better

Ultimately, change is a choice we either embrace or have thrust upon us.

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” ~ Alan Cohen

It’s said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. However, you could also add “change” to this list. Change is something we can be absolutely certain of as we progress through life. In fact we are biologically engineered to grow and to expand – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And yet despite the inevitability of change, the natural human tendency is to maintain the status quo; to keep things just the way they are, and to resist change.

In his audio program, Thinking Big, Brian Tracy this calls this tendency “Homeostasis”, and it can be one of the biggest challenges we face when we set new goals for ourselves which require us to push out of our comfort zone and to stretch ourselves beyond our normal limits.

Homeostasis keeps us looking inwards on ourselves, repeating the same habits, and ultimately this drains us of energy and saps our motivation and passion for life.

But when we focus our attention on positive change, innovation, growth, improvement, education, adventure and discovery, we energise and enrich ourselves. We create a momentum, a powerful force that drives us and lifts us to new levels.

And ultimately, change is a choice we either embrace or have thrust upon us. There is a well known quote by Carroll Bryant which sums this up very nicely:

“Some people make things happen. Some people watch things happen. And then there are those who wonder, ‘What the hell just happened?”

So when you think of change do you think of opportunity? Do you see endless possibilities for improvement? Do you see a future which is better than the present, and does it inspire a vision which compels you to act?

In the thought provoking video clip on “Change” below, in which TV producer and director Phil Cooke describes how both individuals and businesses can better learn to accept and embrace “change” in their lives and workplaces…

 

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