Thriving on Change: Creating Change

by jimowensjr

It is difficult, in the limited scope of these pages,  to fully address all the tools needed to thrive on change.  The topic is too broad, applications to varied, and personal goals differ.  However, the mere discussion of these matters can help us see “through the looking glass” of change with greater competency and less anxiety.  Yet if we truly desire to thrive on change we must be bold enough to attempt one final strategy.  We must have the courage to create change.

While the venues may vary, creating change, be it in our personal lives, in our churches, our business, or community, begins with a sense of dissatisfaction, a belief that things are not as they should be.  It must be accompanied by a sense of conviction that allows us to acknowledge the brutal facts of a given situation.  We must face the the fact we are unhealthy, often times, because of our own choices.  We must acknowledge our business underperforms because we are not leading or managing well.  Sometimes we have to acknowledge we have set a course that leads down the wrong path. To create change is to begin with the end in mind.  It is to write our legacy, our epitaph, first, then begin the long walk in the new direction. We must become pioneers of our own futures.  (cue the dramatic bass drum roll!)

Creating change is the work of vision.  It is rarely dramatic.  It is often the result of a making a number of different decisions along the path of life.  It is getting out of be earlier to go to the office or the gym because you went to bed early the night before.  It is sleeping better because you reduced the amount of caffeine you drank the day before that enabled you to get out of bed.  Creating change is the relentless and constructive challenging of convention until everyone else “gets it.”  It is the inglorious part of building a better business model, healthier body, or relationship.

Several threats emerge when companies or individuals commit to creating change.  Often we are afraid to attempt to create the change for fear of failure.  We meet people who are threatened by our intentions, honorable as they may be.  They may actively or passively attempt to sabotage our efforts.  We can become isolated, even hopeless.  Especially if we have “failed” before.  What are we to do?

We must gird ourselves for the challenge before we begin.  We must recognize creating some change means incremental rather than sweeping success.  We must celebrate the small victories along the way.  We must be prepared to endure the questions about our judgement, our motives, and our loyalties when we challenge the status quo.  There are those small minded, fearful indiviudals in the world who would even hold us back from better lives and successes because they are afraid.  We must not let them.  To do so is find ourselves wrapped in the mediocrity and conventions of the status quo.

Keep the Faith.