I’m going through changes again. Are they changes I want or are they enforced by outside influences?
That’s a very difficult question to answer. The world is a strange place right now. In fact I cannot recall so many economic problems at once. But the changes I’m going through are actually through choice and the issues over which I have no control have conspired to help me.
I’m one of the few people I know who is pleased with life right now. The downturn is having as much affect on me as any one else – real world business is down, my clients are suffering and I could be fearful of the future – certainly from an income perspective. But…
…this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. I have some breathing space. I have some time to concentrate on new ventures – on things I’ve been looking to do for so long but just haven’t been able to fit in.
I have a saying I use often – you may have read it here before:
Nothing Changes Without A Change
That summarises life for me. Everything changes from the day we are born until the day we die.
But if we don’t make a change the situation remains the same.
And yet, most people fear and resist change.
For me, the changes right now are fantastic. I have no control over the world economy, over banks and their ridiculous attitudes, over stockmarkets or house prices.
I saw on the news a couple of days ago that the major UK banks had been scammed out of £ millions. These are “prudent” bankers don’t forget. And then seconds later there was an advert suggesting I might like to get free financial advice from them! I think they’ve done enough damage thank you.
Those changes, however, provide me with opportunity. There is ALWAYS a positive to offset the negative and I ALWAYS focus on that positive.
So it is with a very light heart I move towards 2009 and another change, another chapter perhaps, in my working life.
I prefer to think of these changes as evolution – a flow from one state to another. If you don’t resist and just go with the flow life is so much easier and amazing things happen.
A year a two ago I met a lady named Suzie Cheel from Abundance Highway when we were both starting new businesses. Suzie has just published a new book about this very subject of change. The Emergings Book is her collection of art and words that flow around the sometimes difficult subject of change.
Created originally 21 years ago when Suzie was contemplating a major career change it is as valid today as it was then. The words flow around her paintings – it is more an experience than a book!
Suzie has gone though a number of changes over the past year – the release of this book was in fact as part of a major challenge to complete an unfinished project within a very tight timeframe. 21 years after starting it seems Suzie managed to complete the task in less than 2 months. Clearly she knows something about change!
If you are worried about change or are facing changes that you find uncomfortable then take some time to really focus on the positive side of those changes. Sometimes you need to take inspiration from others – maybe Suzie’s work will be inspiring enough for you to make that change.
Look for the good in every situation – it is there if you look hard enough.