Over the years, I have been fascinated with the subject of change. I realized that personal change holds the secret to achieving whatever you want in life. Due to the nature of my work, I have observed with admiration, how the decision to change one thing in a person’s life have brought significant benefits to the person and the people around him or her. Change is a precondition for extraordinary results. Change is not about doing extraordinary things but it is doing the ordinary things extraordinary.
To achieve your goals, it’s important to stretch. How will you know what you are capable of unless you stretch yourself? Stretch goals enable us to fulfill our potential. Until you stretch to the ultimate level in whatever you are doing or pursuing you will never know the full extent of your capacity or potential. Athletes have broken records and have set new records through stretch goals. Businesses have achieved significant profitability by setting stretch targets; organizations have exceeded customer expectations through stretch organizational mission, vision and strategic objectives. Individuals have made significant contributions to our world by holding themselves to high standards of performance and productivity. The key is in the word STRETCH!
Pauline R. Kezer said “Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.
The need and necessity to continue with the way you have always done things is fine as it defines your comfort zone. We all need a level of stability to frame a better future. We do need the root for stability which makes sense. Though stability and stable structures are good, it does not guarantee you a place with the movers and shakers of our world. Just growing a deeper root is not enough to sustain progress and be successful in the world of change.
Giving yourself the permission to stretch by embracing change, going beyond the comfort zone, going beyond the call of duty and into the zone of new learning’s, new beginnings, new horizons is the key to a fulfilled life. Imagine a life without change, eating the same meal every single day, doing your job the same way without creativity or innovation, being at the same level in life until you expire. What a life that will be!
Change gives us branches to stretch, grow and reach new heights. We need to be ready, have the interest in acquiring the necessary knowledge and skill, and willing to do whatever it takes to make the change a success.
Start today to develop a liking for change, develop wings for change, the wings to grow, and the wings to fly to new heights. How you may ask? I am glad you asked. You achieve these by giving yourself the permission to fail forward; to learn new things; new technology, new ways of doing things, new perspectives, and an open mind to see the difference.
The tragedy about life is your inability to move beyond FEAR and not giving yourself the permission to grow through change and fail forward. Failure is necessary for Success so get comfortable with failure and fail fast! You can never attain your potential or know how much more you can achieve and accomplish in life when you don’t stretch. Don’t allow your past experiences with change stop you from being open to new possibilities. Change holds the master key to your success.