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When you hear the word ‘change’, what is now going to come to mind for you?

 

Do you see change as something frightening or do you see it as a challenge to be dealt with, or even an opportunity to grow and develop in your life and work? So going forward, when you hear the word ‘change’, what is now going to come to mind for you? When it comes to dealing with or making changes within my own life and work, the following quote from W.B. Yeats comes to mind:

“All changed, changed utterly.”

This has been true for so many of the major changes in my life, including going to live as a monk and then, eight years later, dealing with the upheaval of leaving the monks. On a professional level, it also applied when I left my secure and pensionable job to become self-employed. Yes, change can be dangerous and challenging because it involves moving from the known to the unknown. Regardless of how you have dealt with change in the past, it really is up to you to make sure all change starts with you. When you do this, you have control over what you want to change and how this can best be done. If making a change is a major issue for you, then try taking small actions. There really is nothing wrong with moving forward slowly. Taking small actions can still take you forward. Never be afraid of celebrating small actions within life and work. The Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu believed:

“You will achieve the great task(s) by a series of small actions.”

To learn and change involves repetition, so be willing to be incredibly patient. It is also crucial to focus on the success of small beginnings. Most success starts small. Even the Irish airline Ryanair started with only one plane back in 1985. It has gone on and grown to become the most profitable airline in Europe. From the outset, they have done this by being very creative and following through on what they know works best for them as a business in small, incremental ways.

This is your life and it is worth investing time and energy into getting creative to see how best to make changes to improve it. Self-leaders take the time to identify the changes they can make: ones that have the potential of moving them forward in pursuit of the life they want to be living. Having identified them, they get creative and search out ways to implement them.
When dealing with and making changes in their life, self- leaders remain mindful of the following obstacles that can arise:

1. At times, they can get confused and have no clear direction, other than they know that they want to bring their life to a better place. A possible solution to this is to accept and then deal with the fact that they may have an investment in being confused.

Clarity means decisions, change and a commitment to move forward in life. They understand that one way through this is to be inspired to change and see the possible benefits for their future. Another is to make it more painful not to change, staying trapped where they are with things going from bad to worse, so that they have no choice but to change, and this spurs them on.

2. They might feel they have too much invested in their current situation. They might, in effect, say: “This would be so painful to change.” Then they tend to focus on the worst that could happen and not on the best that could happen.

If this is the case, they accept that being open to change is not always easy and, more often than not, it is very difficult. For the most part, it involves overcoming difficulties, problems and challenges in your life and work. Remember, if you associate change with pain and loss, why would you ever want to change?
Often it is not the change that is painful, but people’s resistance to this change, their attachment to old ways, beliefs and concepts that causes their pain. It is due to them wanting to hold onto the past rather than let go and move on with their life.

If you want to follow up on what I have written here and living a life of true and real success for you, please check out my books—available from Amazon.

 

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Is it now time to let spring be a time of creativity for you?

When you hear the word creativity, what comes to mind? Do you see yourself as being a creative person? If so, why? Moreover, if not – Is it now time to let spring be a time of creativity for you?

Only a minority of people believe they are creative. Most people are not educated to value and encourage creativity. Creative confidence is not about being certain of the answers, but about being certain that, you will find the answers yourself. You will, indeed, face many challenges along the way. If you allow yourself to be creative, you need have no fear, for the answers will come to point you in the right direction.

Who comes to mind when you think of people who are creative? Most people find the really creative ones a little left of centre. But I don’t mean creativity to that extent, just letting a little more creativity into your life and work. Be a little more creative in the decisions you make and how you deal with challenges that arise as you pursue the life you want to live.
You have to be creative in how you respond to the challenges of life if you are to live a life of self-leadership. Self- leaders accept the challenge of allowing creativity to flourish yet, at the same time, ground this creativity in a way that it can best serve how they want to live their life.

As Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Nothing exists that was not once an idea, which the English poet William Blake echoed when he wrote: “Everything starts in the imagination.” So many things in the natural and human world start as a seed; ideas and visions are seeds of potentially great things. Self-leaders use creativity to challenge the status quo of where they are in life and where they want to be in the future. They do this in a practical and realistic manner.

You cannot get creative just by reading about it or watching it: there is a need to throw yourself into it. Creativity is not limited by circumstances. You have to get stuck in there and get your hands dirty to allow it to have a real and genuine impact on your life; to allow creativity to inform you where you want your life and work to go. So then, is it now time to let spring be a time of creativity for you?

If you do want to follow up on what has been written here and living a life of true and real success for you please check out my books – available from Amazon.

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