Monday, July 25, 2011


“Change before you have to.”
~Jack Welch

Godolphin Woods, Cornwall by Tony Armstrong

This week, my focus is CHANGE. 
“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” ~Frank Herbert
Life is about CHANGE. Don’t believe me? Think back to this time a year ago. Can you identify CHANGES that have occurred in your life in the past year? 

Maybe it involves: 
  • CHANGES in weight 
  • a few more gray hairs 
  • a major job CHANGE 
  • the addition or loss of a family member 
  • new friends 
  • health issues 
  • impact from a book you’ve read 
  • experiences in life that have CHANGED your perspective
CHANGE is inevitable. Intentional CHANGE is a choice. 

This week I want you and me to focus on intentional CHANGE. Today we will identify one small area for growth. 

If you could choose one area for CHANGE that would be a positive step forward in your life, what would it be?  
"People don’t like to think, if one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant."
~Helen Keller 
Before we can go about making CHANGE, we must identify an area of CHANGE. Follow these steps to decide what CHANGE you want to work on:  
  1. Think about the key areas of life: physical, mental, spiritual, recreational, family, career, social, and financial. 
  2. Identify one of these areas that you know needs attention. 
  3. Once you have decided on the broad category, think of a CHANGE that you can identify that would give you momentum in this category. 
  4. Don’t worry about being too specific about what action you will take at this time. The "W" questions (what, where, when, and why) will be answered later. Simply decide on a CHANGE that you know needs to be made. 
Do you have an idea for CHANGE? This is key. Please commit to paper your idea for change.
    Over the next four days, I will take you through the process of gaining momentum and moving in the direction of this CHANGE. 

    To whet your appetite, below are the areas of focus as we move forward with this CHANGE initiative. 
    1.  Taking the first step to any CHANGE. 
    2. Questions are the answer. 
    3. Baby steps…why one step leads to another. 
    4. Why we quit. 
    I leave you with a 2-minute video below by Daniel Pink, entitled Two Simple Questions that Can Change Your Life. This is a great thought as we move forward.

    QUESTION: Why is CHANGE so hard? Please leave comments below.


    Beulah said...

    I liked the 'picking of' a key areas of life and working on it. I've been trying to change all in one go! Pretty frustrating and not much 'changing' happening either! Thanx for the post! God Bless!

    Jason said...

    I get overwhelmed when I try to "change" my life, too. I do better when I pick one area and take some time with it. Thanks for the post!