Faces of Change: Desperation Vs. Inspiration. During my lifetime I have been the beneficiary of sitting in an audience and listening to outstanding voices of influence for good. I have benefitted being present to hear inspired voices like Wayne Dyer, Norman Vincent Peale, Robert H. Schuller, , John Wooden, Charles Schultz, Ken Blanchard to name a few who have touched me.
In the early 1990’s as I was preparing to begin a new professional work to develop my non-profit, Passkeys Foundation, I attended a seminar presented by one of Americas grand master’s of business leadership. His name may not be familiar to you. It was Jim Rohn. Jim became known in his lifetime as America’s Foremost Business Philosophers. At that seminar I purchased a book I wanted for my library, The Treasury of Quote by Jim Rohn.
In his book is an ever-so-brief, thumbnail essay titled, The Process of Change. Here it is along with my follow up commentary.
“Change comes from one of two sources. First, we may be driven to change out of desperation. Sometimes our circumstances can become so out-of-control that we almost abandon our search for answers because our lives seem to be filled only with irresolvable questions. But it is this overwhelming sense of desperation that finally drives us to look for solutions. Desperation is the final and inevitable result of months or years of accumulated neglect that brings us to that point where we find ourselves driven by urgent necessity to find immediate answers to life’s accumulated challengers.
“The second source that drives us to make changes in our lives is inspiration. Hopefully, that is where you find yourself right now…about to become sufficiently inspired to make major and dramatic changes in your life.”
Over the last year, I have been meeting with an individual who has steadily transformed his life story of change driven by desperation to a new chapter of his life where change is driven by inspiration. For me, standing at the side of this transformation as a life Coach, has been as enriching to me as it has been for him.
What I noticed this year…walking beside this one… is a potentially valuable observation and reflection on Jim Rohn’s commentary on the two drivers of Change…desperation and inspiration. My observation is they are interwoven…connected. They are like two sides of one coin which when held as one, indivisible coin of Hopeful movement….becomes the golden coin in our pocket…like a magic penny.
Desperation always feels like being trapped…trying to get away from something holding us back. Often, the face of desperation is viewed as a job, a mate, an unresolved relationship, a life-long perceived lack. When desperation’s eyes look outwardly fixed on a circumstance…we rarely moved forward.
And yet, this Stuck Looking Outward at Circumstances so very often leads us to a monumental moment where we shatter the window looking outward and hold up the mirror to ourselves and say with miraculous clarity, “Why, it’s me who is now ready to change; It is me who is ready to not be held back by whatever it is that I have named as my enemy, my limitation, my lack, my imperfection. ”
This movement… Seeing our Truth of Possibility, is authored by inspired thought, action and resolve. It is the Game Changer. Often, this movement happens after endless activity in the cul-de-sacs of despair… And, in an instant of new awareness…the cul-de-sac opens itself onto a highway of dignified hope.
I must stay, I hold these moments of change from desperation to inspiration as courageous discovery. My friend… who I have watched…knows it is impossible to be held by his past, despairing incarceration.
It’s Monday Morning Motivation time for each of us. What is the Eye with which we can view this week before us. The Eye is singular whether shaded by grey or filled with bright color. The Eye within Looks forward boldly and believes: I Am the face of Change as influence for good in my life and those I touch this week.
Have a great Monday!