the heart of change

I have been fortunate enough in my life to marry a change master, not only does he jump into new challenges, new beginnings, he fundamentally has spent most of his life creating newness, and changing what does not work in his life by simply being unafraid to change it.

For me watching him adopt to new environments, countries, cultures and unconventional roles, i have learnt a few things about what it really takes to be someone not afraid of change.

Fundamentally its driven by what you believe to be true about the world, and yourself . Its difficult to change your life if you believe that your current status is okay . Its not easy to change if you are not even aware that your status quo is a either a problem or a comfort zone. It is even more difficult to change if you don’t believe that you can.

Change is driven by belief, and such a strong belief that things can be better that the present discomfort you face at making change whether its a new job, new move, new business is outweighed by what you want to see in the world.

Sometimes its about being so angry at a situation, that it is no longer possible to be silent. It is no longer possible to accept what was previously your norm. Its no longer possible to stew in your misery, and complain.

I have been fortunate enough to move countries twice, and begin to adapt to the change and to my new reality with him by my side. Each time, its been driven by the belief that what is out there is so much better than the current situation, and if you do not make the leap now, you will regret it for the rest of your life. More over that you have the exact ingredients in your current experiences to drive change.

In driving organisational change, i am finding that this idea is even more important in my daily job. First as a change agent, your own belief is at the core of what it will take to successfully drive change. Not your position or role in the organization, simply that you believe it is possible.