There will always be times in your life when you have to deal with change, whether you are ready for it or not.
What you have always known becomes your past knowledge, a page in the book of your life and you write a new chapter based on the new things that you learn about yourself through change.
Charles Darwin was correct when he stated that the most strongest are those who are adaptable to change, because change will enable you to evolve through your experiences, through knowledge and give you the confidence and belief to achieve more, if you choose to harness the changes you face, to your advantage.
I know that I have changed as an individual, based on some key life changing moments – ranging from being beaten up once because I apparently ‘was not allowed have friends outside of my own race’ (which was SO narrow-minded and ludicrous), early business failures based on a lack of experience, losing more than 10 family members in the last 15 years, saved by a stranger whilst trying to commit suicide at my lowest ever point…
winning business awards, speaking in front of crowds of more than 3000 people, having personally trained over 600 people as corporate and community mentors, sharing social impact leadership opportunities with International business leaders, I would say that I have both experienced some s**t and have had positive things happen, that have made me stronger!
Every good or bad experience in your life, has the potential to elevate your own level of self-awareness. Negativity can become your motivator for positive change, and being around and learning from other positive people with like-minds can literally change your world, and the world at large.
Maturity has truly helped me to harness and channel my experiences into the world of business – I still have a rebel mentality that likes to disrupt the status quo of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), but I genuinely believe that the results of what i do are much better for all who i encounter, both in the boardroom and in wider society.
My company advises corporates on how to measure their financial return on CSR and benefit from integrating social impact into the commercial growth strategies of their business. I have always viewed business as a way of helping to develop society and I was elated to hear Sir Ronald Cohen reiterate this very point, earlier this week by stating the importance of linking social performance with financial returns.
Whether it is in your own life or in business, how things are done will always change – when it does, it makes you much wiser and more equipped to deal with the future.
That being said, managing change is not easy.
But I hope my 3 steps on how I have used change in my own life, may help you:
1) Embrace change as it happens: Fear is a state of mind that can stop you from learning the wonderful lessons that change can teach you. If you choose to embrace change rather than fear it, then fear becomes a benchmark of progress, helping you to acknowledge that fact that you now have new experiences to encounter based on reality.
2) Learn to adapt with change: The lessons you learn from embracing change, will ultimately help you progress through life positively, in an emotional, spiritual and physical way. But you must be prepared to make the sacrifices that you need, to reap the rewards whenever they do decide to appear.
3) Implement a positive action immediately: Change will never make sense to you, if you don’t put it into a positive context and give it the meaning that you feel is both appropriate and beneficial to you and others. Be clear on why you are implementing the positive action and ensure that you are able to communicate the benefit for others effectively, for that provides a foundation for inspiration, motivation and legacy.
We are all different, yet change happens to us all.
So face it, learn from it, then do something new because of it.
Till the next time, J.