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Embracing Change

Published: 2019-06-17 07:34

The Only Constant Is Change

  Many throughout history have noted the dynamic of change in the world around them.  In the 5th century B.C., the Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus stated that “The Only Thing That is Constant is Change”.  Fast Forward to another great poet and philosopher of the 20th century, by the name of David Bowie, who mused about the various changes of the times and throughout his life (Bowie – Changes).  So, why do we resist change?  What are we afraid of?

Clinging To What Is Comfortable

It’s human nature to cling to what is safe.  And, as we get older, many of us become nostalgic for “The Good Old Days”.  In part, we do this because we know the outcome of those times in our lives and have managed to survive any of the trials that we have faced.  Whether it was a loss of a loved one, a change in career, or a health concern, the view of these issues is much less concerning in the rearview mirror.  But most importantly, time has allowed us to recover from these changes in our lives and, hopefully, we have grown through these experiences.

Searching for Greatness

When we achieve some level of success, do we have a tendency to become complacent?  In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins points out that being good is the enemy of becoming the best.  He further states that a vast majority of companies never become great, because they become quite good – and that is their main problem.

So, what’s holding you back from embracing change and soaring to new heights upon your journey of life?  If you abandon your fears and take that leap, you might just find greatness.  If not, life may be looking at you in the rearview mirror.  Whether it’s in the business world or in life, if you are not growing, you’re dying.

Finding Your Inspiration

We have all had people in our lives that have inspired us to strive for greatness.  Many times, they inspire us buy their authenticity and adherence to their core values.  At other times, they may have inspired you by a phrase that they used.  Two such phrases that stick with me include:

  • You have to have healthy tension
  • You have to have the fire in the belly

So, find your inspiration, embrace the change that is ahead of you, and become the greatest version of you that you can.

 

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