Who Moved My Cheese? A few lessons from an Ever Changing World.....

Change.  It's a word that sparks both intrigue and delight, irritation and zest, as well puts on the table very interesting circumstances.  This week my work prepares for an office change, and with it comes intriguing moments that will test our courage as we accept the new, and let die the old.  The past is behind us, and we have a gift of now.  Here are some quotes that caught my eye on change this week:


"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."

— Niccolo Machiavelli
The Prince (1532)

"The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades."

— John P. Kotter
Leading Change

"There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place."

— Washington Irving
Tales of a Traveler (1824)

As we face an ongoing battle of competition, changing circumstances, as we see life's ever momentous billowing winds crowding in, there is but one thing that can be done, to be an anchor in the midst of the change, a bright light that vets interest in going in a new direction, as you set your sites on the powers that be, realize that nothing in staffing is ever going to be completely static, in fact shifting priorities, shifting circumstances are a part of an ever-expanding and changing arena that involves people at its fundamental heart.


The history of the human race is full of moments that point out changes and new directions.  I have pondered this truth in my career, and as I have grown older and wiser I let the changes sweep in, and still remain constant in my personal goals, in so many words change is like a golden opportunity to see what you're made of.  SO many times, have I seen such things as economic circumstance, the addition of a new family member, the loss of a teammate, or the shifting circumstances of each day as I go forward on different points and direction.


Now here is the fundamental key to dealing with change - attitude, try as I might, I thought of multiple things this day of which I thought of that was the core of successful life outcomes, that was just it - attitude took the cake.  I can't say how many times I have seen people fail because they just didn't embrace the change and see it as an opportunity vs. a dark cloud of dread.  What is the core element of success that finds you moving mountains?  Attitude is so key.  Every change will be rife with frustration - who likes your circumstances that are comfortable being shifted, when you feel especially that things are working?  NO ONE.


But yet when you arrive on the other side of the mountain of change you see greater hope and open your mind to value.  Life will always have these days of shifting circumstances, death, birth, people not taking a job when they've committed, and losing and winning.  All have their connection to change.


And so my parting thought on change?  Let it be a point of pride that you remained fixed in your perspective to your goal, and yet when life threw a monkey wrench into your best laid plans - did you stay the course?  Did you move forward the areas of which you could control, and still made good on your core inward commitments, even when life threw a curve ball or two at you?  Well that is the essence of greatness, remaining true to who you are, and your goals, to create the maximum potential to which all of us are so capable.  A little change goes a long way into creating direction and spirit of purpose that embraces and demands success allowing nothing to stand in the way of opportunities and direction.  Such a great place to be.

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