I often talk about CHANGE ... the pace of change, our ability to adapt to change, the pressures of change, the need to embrace change.
The changes may be nuisance changes ... the bus timetable changes, making it more awkward to get to school; the local store is no longer available so you have to buy from the big store a few blocks away; the airline forces you to do stuff online yourself when you used to call an agent.
The changes can also be bigger things ... that corner store gets put out of business by the big box store so a business owner loses their business and possibly life savings and employees lose their jobs. The local school shuts down and now your child has to bus several miles away to a BIG school with lots of potential bad influences.
Then there are the really big changes, or global changes that have a huge impact on all of us. The impact climate change will affect all of us ... global warming, more turbulent storms, changing weather patterns, floods, fires etc. The changes in a global economy affect all of us ... we see local companies go out of business as cheaper solutions emerge in less expensive countries. or because of the effects of recession or global pandemics The changes in communications are GLOBAL ... we are able to see what is happening around the world instantaneously, we can communicate with people around the world as though they are next door, and individuals and companies are able to forge new relationships more effectively than ever before.
These are just a few of the many changes that are happening are here and now.
How we react to these changes will determine our success, our happiness, our effectiveness and our relevance.
There will be the negative influence:
They will complain and wish for "the old days".
They will try to legislate to stop progress.
They will use half-truths and slanted arguments to fight against change.
They will rally "the masses" with a call to defeat the nasty "change architects".
There will also be those who are positive about change.
They will educate themselves and stay current with their options.
They will find ways to understand the changes and figure out how they harness it.
They will remain positive, enjoying the ride and not bemoaning their fate.
They will outperform their colleagues and their competitors.
We all have options about how we approach life, about what we will do with our lives, about our attitude in general.
"Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow until our very last breath."
How are you doing in our fast changing world?
Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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