“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” – Socrates
Let’s face it, most of us balk at change, whether it involves a minor decision like changing our hair colour or a major one like starting a family or changing careers. When faced with imminent change it is as though a switch goes on and we shift into panic mode. We simply fear the unknown.
Suddenly, rather than forging ahead and grasping new opportunities we find ourselves romanticizing about the old and holding on to things which we should relinquish.
I wonder what life would have been like today if our forerunners who went on to achieve outstanding feats failed to take that plunge, or decided against that risk. I know that the grass always appears greener on the other side, but I believe that one can never really attest to its quality until one takes a trek to the other side.
When I really think about it, I am hard-pressed to identify one successful person who achieved such without taking risks. No matter their path, the journey involved having the courage to make changes, take the plunge, step out in faith or even think and operate outside of the box! Mind you, in many instances, their successes were not automatic, but came on the heels of successive failures.
I ask myself these questions:
- Will every risk always reap success – No!
- Will every new path tried always lead to a positive outcome – No!
- Will greatness ever be achieved without risk-taking? – No!
- Can one truly grow in life without some aspect of change? – No!
From the above questions it is evident that risk-taking and life changes alone are not fool proof recipes for success, but, conversely, in their absence, personal growth and self-actualisation can be stagnated.
When we speak of success, it is common to consider those who have made it big, including the Hollywood elite. However, it must be stressed that success can be attained in all spheres. In addition to succeeding in average careers, there are also the Mother Theresa’s of this world whose success and contribution have been measured not by personal gains, but by the myriad lives they have touched and changed.
I have always marvelled at the ironic statement which posits: ‘The only constant in life is change.’ What I find equally ironic, though, is how much we actually fear this ‘constant’.
It’s time to shake off our fear and go for it! You never really know what you can do, or what you can achieve until you take that first step. I am not at all suggesting being reckless in decision-making. Instead, my advice is to weigh your options, count the costs and as Nike says – ‘Just Do it!’
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” –John D. Rockefeller
Create A Great Day!