IF YOU DON’T LIKE HOW THINGS ARE, CHANGE IT! Jim Rohn, one of America’s most insightful writers, business leaders and inspirational voices, wrote these words. He finished his His statement with these words: “You’re not a tree.”
No, a tree does not get to become a flower, a bird, a fox. But, you? me? we? What is so extraordinary about human consciousness is that it has the ability to continuously express, to re-create, and re-state. If you think about it, there is nothing truer to a person’s life book than the capacity to: create a chapter; live a chapter; close a chapter. Our capacity to pursue conscious change is a gift we give ourselves.
I witnessed an inspiring case in point this weekend. John and his new bride, Emily, shared their vows of commitment before 200 guests at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church. My wife and I have known John for 20+ years dating back to his entry into his teen years with our son and his group of friends.
Looking at John stand with Emily brought a flood of memories to my mind about that kid of long ago and the man he has now become. John spent many years, not unlike many teens, facing lots of challenges. Our family was part of the network who came alongside him when his life was in free fall…much of which was not in his control at all.
But, now here he was…a day symbolizing monumental changes and choices over the last dozen years. He has created good health. He has healed his relationships with family members and they with him. He is a Pastor involved in a dynamic church ministry at a Presbyterian Church in Seattle. He is studying to get his Doctorate. He is over the moon in love with his new bride. And, as a funny aside to this man who has made life change the currency of his life, he has tenaciously and tightly held onto one love from his past that doesn’t seem to bring him any trouble whatsoever. John is a hardcore Laker fan. Emily is now being indoctrinated to this part of John’s old life chapters.
John’s story is intended for Monday Morning motivation. My question is: Are you the person who can choose to make changes you seek? John’s new chapter is a watershed change. It’s big, bold and full of life discovery He now pursues. Saturday was a declaration day for John and for Emily
Is it possible you are working on change? Is a new chapter now emerging and being defined by new choices you now consider? Invite yourself to step onto the doormat of such change firmly grounded:
- Keep track of your self-dialogue concerning the change, particularly if it is a major one.
- Investigate the steps that may be involved with the change.
- Discuss the change with trusted advisors.
Let me conclude with a final word on change from Mr. Rohn: “Don’t say, ‘If I could, I would.’ Say, ‘If I can, I will.”
Let’s leap into this Monday’s Magic shaping the good.!