Tuesday 17 August 2010

I recently heard a great analogy about change. I think we would all say that we would like to make changes – improvements – in our business, and in our lives. The question is, “Are you just changing, or are you truly transforming?” The difference can be seen very clearly in the natural world. A chameleon can change colors to adapt to the environment around it. But the change isn’t permanent. A caterpillar, on the other hand, will close itself in a cocoon and transform into a beautiful butterfly. The change in this case is very permanent. (Have you ever seen a butterfly change back into a caterpillar?)

Successful professionals take responsibility for their own success. They are willing to take considered risks and accept the possibility of failure as the price to be paid in order to grow. They concentrate on the end result, rather than the sacrifice required to achieve that result. They set high standards and never allow themselves to fall below those standards.

So, when you consider the changes you wish to make, the question is, “Are you just changing (which allows for the possibility of reverting to your prior condition), or are you truly transforming?”

Adapted from Q-Tips, June 30, 2010, by Nido Qubein.

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