How Do You Implement Purposeful Change?
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
The other day I saw the above quote posted on a message board. That quote spoke to me, and it wasn’t a whisper. It was vibrant and booming, like a big swift kick in the ass.
WHY you ask? Because it is true!
I’m an advocate of change. Professionally I help organizations move through their change curve. Evaluating the present state, understanding a vision of the future and watching all the transformation that occurs in between is an evolution. It’s a big accomplishment getting all of the pieces and parts to align and ultimately make a change for the greater good of an organization and its people.
Switching lenses. I often find that change isn’t as exciting or or easy to do when the focus is about me. I’m on a substantial change curve right now – running a business, being a partner to my husband, an attentive mom and a supportive friend, as well as staying active and healthy and working on my authentic self.
That quote resonated so deeply with me because I feel change is so relevant in my life. My personal change curve has always ebbed and flowed but it feels more rigorous lately. I’ve had a conscious motivation and awareness of purposeful change, versus a mindless course of action that has the ability to spiral out of my control.
Thinking of my personal ebb and flow, a thought I asked myself after reading that quote was, “Shouldn’t challenge and change always be relevant, always be a constant? Not aimless but purposeful? Shouldn’t I always be challenging, moving, motivating, bettering, living? And I mean really living and doing, not just breathing and simply getting through the day?”
Life is busy. With everything going on, corralling the day-to-day-living routine, the schedule of work, family, school, sports, social, etc., it is easy to switch to an auto-pilot mode. Too easy.
I realize that when I’m in an auto-pilot mode I stop challenging myself because I am not consciously living in the moment. When I am not consciously living, I am not in control. When I am not in control, or as much as I can be, I usually am not happy.
Conscious change is purposeful. Real change is hard and most change is challenging. Challenging yourself is not always the easiest path to take, but it usually is pretty real. And real to me is honest, real is happy.
You can pick your busy, choose your path, find your passion and no doubt within all of that, life will throw you a curveball. Escaping the “auto-pilot” is not easy; it takes determination.
Change doesn’t always have to be chaotic. There is no doubt it will ebb and flow, but when it is purposeful, it can be constant -- in a good way. And that can be positive.
How do you implement purposeful change? I’ve been following author and motivational speaker Rachel Hollis on Instagram. She is a firecracker, has a manner about her that is totally infectious and is a true advocate of instilling change. Beginning October 1st, she is promoting a #Last90Days challenge – “What if you committed to living your last 90 days of this year as hard as you are committing to living the first 30 days of the new year? What if instead of a downhill slide into 2019, you are ramping up!”
For the #Last90Days challenge I am committing to getting up early before the kids and working out, a minimum of 3x per week. Mind you, this is easier said than done because I am so not a morning flower! But I truly want to make this change happen, which is why I am writing about it and making it a public declaration. 21 days to create a habit, 90 days to change your life. Why don’t you join me? What is a change you’d like to make? I’d love to hear about it! Please email me and tell me what you are doing to make a personal change at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If if doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Challenge yourself. Empower yourself to be the change you wish to see in this world, the change you wish to see in you.