December 28, 2011 – DAY 28 | Change: What I have discovered is that change takes place one of two ways: through a decision you have made to do something different or it is forced upon you by someone else or through a circumstance outside of your scope of influence.
Obviously it is better to make a decision to change rather than having it forced upon you. Change is not just a decision but also actions that back up that decision. A number of years ago when I decided to go back for a Master’s degree I had to do more than decide on going back to school. I had to decide where I wanted to go, what degree I wanted to earn and so on. Decisions are only the beginning of the change process. There are steps to moving change from thought to reality. Change requires a day-to-day commitment to the journey of change.
Each step along the path to change may be difficult but the journey eases the longer you are in it. That is not to say that you won’t get a bruise or some blisters along the way. Change is not meant to be easy. The change process is a systematic strengthening of self. This strengthening exercise best prepares you so that the change you seek sticks. It is defeating to do all the work only to give up because there was no staying power. As you journey along the road to change, make a decision to learn from the difficulties and struggles. Before you know it you will have met the challenge and the change will have occurred. Change does not take place in a vacuum. It takes place on the road of life. It is time for you to step out onto your pathway to the changes you need to live out a greater life in 2012.
Now that you have made the decision to change – it is time to map out where you are going and how you are going to get there. It is NEVER EVER too late to get started.
Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.