“If one day I feel transformed and decide to change directions, I will change course without prejudice because evolution comes about through change.”
Taking a strong and unapologetic stand when change is needed is not only courageous; it is vital to personal and organizational success. Change is scary. But it’s even scarier to stay the same when the “same old same old” has proven to be futile.
Here are four insights from a great song (Chambao’s “Dibujo en el aire” — a drawing in the air):
1. Stand by what you believe in: If you feel enlightened by a belief or an idea, stand firmly behind it and don’t doubt. Trusting yourself is the only way to overcome fear of change. In this song, Chambao’s lead singer, La Mari, has decided to stop living in fear. She knows that in order to change, step one is making a decision.
2. Don’t be ashamed of change: Stubbornness is a shell used by people who don’t want to admit defeat. Many organizations also fail to see warning signs and change course (e.g. Blockbuster, Kodak, BlackBerry etc.). If there is something you need to change in your life or business, don’t punish yourself for not realizing it earlier. Be empathetic with yourself. After all, change is the only constant in life.
3. Have a subjective/objective view of yourself: How do you view yourself? How do others view you? Asking these two questions can help you have greater insight about yourself and your business. We ignore important aspects that need change in our lives mainly because of unawareness. Looking at our life/business through objective and subjective lenses can help us identify what needs to change.
4. Begin with the end in mind: In this song, La Mari feels transformed before she actually goes through the process of changing. It is important to visualize the change you want to see in your life, your business and even the world. Not only does this help you plan and strategize, but it can also motivate you to achieve your goals.