The Only Way to Change
Yesterday afternoon, my daughter’s babysitter said to me “I finally get it. The only way to change is…to, well…just change.”
“Yeah?” I said, smiling.
“I can’t keep waiting for things to change, for other people to change, that’s never going to happen. The timing is never going to be perfect.” She continued, “The only way things are going to change, the only way I’m going to change, is to just do it. To change myself.”
I wish I’d been that smart when I was 24.
For much of my teens and early 20s I put myself into holding patterns where I was waiting for something or someone to change. Eventually I realized that by changing how I engage with others – how I interact, how I react, what I tolerate and what I refuse to accept – as well as how I conduct my business – how I enforce my policies, how I communicate and how I spend my time – I could build a more satisfying life and career.
We all hold the power to control our lives and our destinies. That power lies in our ability to change ourselves.