It’s one of the constants in life, we may feel that we remain largely the same but even our skin renews itself every 2 to 4 weeks.
Change is about shifting, transforming, converting, exchanging or evolving. If we don’t change we are in danger of following the same path as the dinosaurs and becoming extinct.
We all have different attitudes and tolerances when it comes to change; some people love it and are willing to jump in with both feet without really thinking about the consequences. Others only want to consider it if they have been able to fully think it through and can understand why change is necessary. Some people do not want to engage in it at all – no way, no how, never!
There are no set rules and there are advantages and disadvantages to each person’s perspective. That said we all have the ability to change, grow and excel at anything we choose to – all it takes is a can do attitude.
Dr Benjamin Bloom (University of Chicago) spent 5 years studying people who excelled with their own areas of expertise, from artists, to athletes, to scientists looking at what made them so talented. Contrary to his expectations his study revealed that determination, persistence, passion and nurturing were far more important than having natural talent in achieving success.
What does this mean for us? Essentially that whatever we are drawn to, have a passion for and are willing to practice we can excel at.
Helping us on our way to success there are some strategies that we can use:
- Pay attention to your inner voice, it’s not always helpful – watch for the negative thought patterns and look at how you can change them into positive ones.
- Set your goals purposefully and constructively, focus on what you want to achieve and not on what you don’t.
- Understand and identify your values and life priorities.
In the words of Robert H. Schuller, what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?