A C E G H N – Six letters that will Transform your Life
There are many allusions to the dangers of remaining static, i.e., being still. And as much as life is about creating, maintaining and benefiting from balance, life is fundamentally… about change. Our thoughts, actions, interactions, goals, interests and growth; are all about change.
Don’t get me wrong, there is change that is harmful, just as there is stress that is harmful. Changing lanes while driving without looking to see if it is safe, eating different foods may cause illness or allergies, choosing an alternative decision could prove disastrous in business. Mostly, however, change is what keeps us moving forward and growing as human beings.
Change exists in many forms, on many levels, however there are three basic types, Developmental, Transitional and Transformational. Obviously, the last, transformational, has the potential for the largest impact.
From a personal perspective, behavior travels through four stages or quadrants while undergoing change; Denial, Resistance, Acceptance, Commitment. The most important thing to remember is that you must travel all four stages to reach Commitment.
Interestingly, there is no change without resistance to it. And, as Pablo Picasso so eloquently stated, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction”. In life, in art, in business and in personal growth, change is paradoxically an ending and a beginning. The essential point is that “letting go” is a prerequisite to embracing something new. We all need to learn how to let go of things that either don’t serve us well or stand in the way of us growing as a human being.
If you’re not changing, you’re not growing. And, if you’re not growing, you are as good as dead. We can all benefit and learn something about life from the butterfly. And, if you are simply interested in self-empowerment, heed the words of Anwar Sadat, “In the power to change yourself is the power to change the world around you”.
Amazingly, change comes from within. It’s all about perspective, baby!