As we set out to create the life we want, why does change sometimes seem so difficult? Given there are no guarantees that change will be positive (or even possible) self-doubt and fear can creep in and convince us to bury our ideas. A decision to avoid change is a decision to impede our growth.
To be a leader of change takes conviction, commitment and courage. We often face loneliness as we disrupt the status quo. We may identify that we have invested our time and resources in habits that no longer support us. We learn that the hard and painful changes – the growing pains – are the path to our greatest rewards.
We may think a change is necessary when we are no longer satisfied with the returns that were once present. However, before we leap in and toss out our routines, job, partner, house, friends and family we need to stop and be clear about what to change.
One of the greatest teachings in our Leading Women tribe is before we change our external environment; it’s best to look at the internal environment, as that may be all that needs a tweak or a shift in focus. Ignore the internal environment and there may be a life of time and energy spent navigating external changes without
growth. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Change can be uncomfortable, but it precedes the growth that leads to a fulfilled life. Embrace those growing pains of change – it’s all part of the success journey.
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