Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Power of Creative Change

The most powerful influence in your life is change.

No matter who you are, where you live in the world, or what you're doing, change affects you.

Although change isn't always in your control, you need to effectively harness its power and make change an ally in your life.

Here are a few critical truths to support your efforts.

Change is a vital and natural quality of life.

Everything in and around you is in a constant state of flux. Change is relentless.

Some things change in a moment, while others take eons to shift. Yet all forms are in some way evolving, fluctuating, vibrating, transforming, expanding, contracting, or deteriorating.

Since the core and pervasive theme of life is change, any time you resist change, you push against the natural flow of life. Your resistance is counterproductive, and may eventually create unhealthy consequences for your body, mind, or emotions.

In order to sustain health, happiness, and ease, you must learn how to release resistance and move with the current of change.

You can only change yourself.

Whatever you do, you cannot make someone else change. The desire and motivation for change must come from within.

Since you can't change others, the focus must be on yourself.

At first, this orientation may seem selfish, especially if you haven't devoted much time, attention, or energy to you. However, by changing yourself, you have the opportunity to become healthier, happier, and more fulfilled.

Your dedicated investment in yourself will then significantly benefit your own life, as well as all the people around you. As you give more to yourself, you will expand your clarity, capacity, and effectiveness to give authentically to others.

You can create purposeful life changes that last.

Although everyone encounters difficulties when they try to change, the most relevant challenges (e.g., habits, memories, inertia) originate and operate within you.

Therefore, by overcoming these limiting behaviors and other self-defeating patterns you can create the changes you desire.

As you know, you cannot expect a different result from the same routine that has led to your current dilemma. For a real breakthrough, you need a different paradigm--something new!

An important step in this new direction involves a "map" we developed in 1984--the Creative Change model--that has guided thousands of people to make practical, systematic changes in all aspects of their individual and organizational lives.

Successful change starts from the inside.

For intentional change to be effective and long lasting, you must begin by establishing a foundation for yourself with your core values and purpose. Then, you will be aligned with or rooted in these values and purpose as you work on your assessment, future image, barriers, plan, action steps, and support.

With this alignment in place, you will feel a compelling energy ("pull") from the future as well as an inspirational energy ("push") from your values.

When these two energies work together, you are purposeful, your efforts feel more joyful, you creatively adjust your actions as needed, and you take steps with ease in the midst of challenges you encounter along the way.

To learn more about how you can deliberately and successfully harness the power of creative change, go here and request my free article, Journey of a Lifetime.

Take charge of your change!

Love and Peace,
Dave


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