Inevitably for most of us, the time comes when it becomes necessary to make changes to things that may have long been a part of who you are (or who you thought you should be), but are now no longer serving you and possibly holding you back.
We’ve all been there, and may be there again, it’s part of being human, when we realize we’re stuck in a rut, and we have some important decisions to make.
Whether it’s tweaking your act, adjusting your business approach, making a career move, or just reconsidering the real value of certain “relationships” you’ve been holding onto, the key is awareness followed by immediate action to usher in the necessary changes needed to go to the next level personally or professionally.
I was doing superficial comedy entertaining people who didn’t really care… And I had been doing that for the better part of 10 years when it finally dawned on me that I was in the wrong places doing the wrong things for the wrong people.” ~ George Carlin on evolving his comedy act in the early 1970’s
One thing I’ve learned is that success (whatever that means to you), is directly proportional to your ability to endure and embrace change… to make the necessary moves to get unstuck, and out of ruts. This requires aligning yourself with positive people, the types of movers and shakers that push you, and pull you UP rather than dragging you down. People who encourage what CAN be done, not just complain about what supposedly CANNOT. It’s about having the stones not to run from, or rant about change, but to embrace it… and use it to fuel you and your endeavors.
David Bowie built his legendary career by continually reinventing himself by changing his look, his sound, and his approach to creatively marketing himself and his music. He literally and figuratively changed himself several times over throughout the years…
“Turn and face the strange | Just gonna have to be a different man” ~ David Bowie
If you’re honestly in the right places, doing the right things, with the right people, for the right reasons… then little change is necessary. It’s getting to that point that’s the hard part. So look in the mirror, make the tough decisions, and continue to make the necessary changes as needed to afford yourself the opportunities to excel at that thing, or things you do.
You really can’t afford not to.
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