Be your own change agent

Is it just me or does everything about the world seem to be changing constantly? If you are maintaining vital signs on a regular basis, you may feel this, too.

Adapting to change and flexing with the times seems like a requirement anymore.

Status quo went the way of great Cold War movies and calling cereal a balanced breakfast.

Change happens. 

We put change in a negative light.

  • Relationships end badly.
  • We lose our jobs or our company reorganizes.
  • Our kids grow and change and leave childhood innocence behind.
  • Middle age prompts lifestyle changes for emerging health issues.
  • Aging eyes suddenly require readers from Walgreens.

But change also can be a wicked catalyst for growth if you know where to look.

Change creates movement and friction that uncovers new possibilities.

I live on Florida’s Treasure Coast, so named because of ships in the 1600s and 1700s carrying gold and jewels that sunk during hurricanes.

A gazillion dollars of treasure lays buried on the ocean floor, much of it unrecovered and undisturbed.

During a hurricane, the force of the storm surge creates erosion on the beach and just offshore.

Erosion is violent and destructive. It tears away at foundations, destroys delicate reefs, and closes your favorite beach for a year.

And it moves stuff, like gold coins, for example. Treasure hunters trip over themselves to be the first to hit those waters after a storm to see what treasures have emerged.

Finding loot worth possibly millions in the newly-stirred up environment motivates these modern-day mateys to keep looking.

Got gold?

Churning up your own change is the secret to staying engaged in your life and work.

There’s no moving forward without something changing. Get comfortable being the instigator of change in your life.

Stir it up and move things around.

But don’t shoot for total erosion. Just change one small thing that’s not working for you.

Then look for the opportunities in the discomfort you create.

What are some ways you can create your own personal “change culture?”