It creates a variety of thoughts and feelings in everyone’s head the moment you hear or think about the concept. Today’s quotation is longer than most I feature here, but since change is a big topic, more words are worthwhile. Specifically, today’s idea encourages us to take action on the change that is going to happen anyway. It’s time to get proactive!
– What are my common thought and feelings about change?
– What change am I facing today?
– How can I learn more about the nature and substance of that change?
– How can I direct the change around me for my benefit? (Tweet that).
1. Be proactive about change today.
2. Take action on your answers to the questions above (it’s not an academic exercise – it is your life and your results!)
Dewey makes at least three critically important points here.
- Like it or not, change is going to happen.
- The more we actively learn about the change, the better.
- Once we understand it, we can use it to our benefit.
It might be interesting for you to note that while I don’t know when Dewey wrote these words, he died in 1952 – so his experience with change being everywhere isn’t new. Maybe we are facing more change than ever, but change has always been a constant – so accept that fact and move on.
Secondly, Dewey’s point to (really) understand change can be transformative. The more we know, the more powerful we are, and the more able we will be to make the adjustments (mental or otherwise) to make the change our friend, not our foe.
The challenge we all face is to use change to our advantage. When we take the first two steps that Dewey suggests, we are in a much better place to do exactly that.