I am in my fifties and older than most of you but younger than a few. I realize that what I’ve done has taken me to where I’m at, but it won’t take me to where I want to be. I have to change. It’s going to happen whether I want it or not. You and I can embrace it and turn it to our advantage.
What people want is progress…if they can have it with out change. Impossible! You must change and recognize that change is your greatest ally. As Tyron Edwards said, “He who never changes his opinion never corrects his mistakes…”
Change. I hope this word inspires you, rather than scares you. Herbert Spencer said, “A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it. Change is evidence of life. The truth is, life is always at some turning point.
Yesterday’s formula for success is often tomorrow’s recipe for failure. Consider what Thomas Watson, the founder of IBM said, “There is a world market for maybe five computers.” Where would IBM be today if Mr. Watson had not been willing to change?
You cannot become what you are destined to be by remaining what you are. John H. Patterson said, “Only fools and dead men don’t change their minds. Fools won’t. Dead men can’t.” If you don’t respect the need for change, consider this: How many things have you seen that have changed just in the past year?
When you change yourself, opportunities will change. The same kind of thinking that has brought you to where you are will not necessarily get you to where you want to go. Helen Rowland discovered this truth: “There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age.”
I’ve heard it said that status quo is Latin “for the mess we’re in.” The man who uses yesterday’s methods in today’s world won’t be in business tomorrow. A traditionalist is simply a person whose mind is always open to new ideas, provided they are the same old ones.
When patterns and tradition are broken, new opportunities come together. Defending your faults and errors only proves that you have no intention of quitting them. All progress is due to those who were not satisfied to let well enough alone. They weren’t afraid to change. Change is not your enemy–it is your FRIEND.
The 2015 year is almost upon us…..what are you willing to change to get to a better and higher place. I trust you are all working on things to change both personally and as a team. That is where the accelerated success is.
Have a Great week………….and always know that I am thinking of you.