Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! There are two kinds of people one earth: Traditionalists and Rebels. Traditionalists hate change with passion, but rebels are always ready to try new things even when it doesn’t make sense. Traditionalists are married to their past and that is why the world is leaving the behind, but rebels are not afraid to adapt to new ways of doing things.
Traditionalists hold on to antiquated and obsolete ideas that cannot survive the creative ingenuity of their competitors in the 21st century. Rebels questions procedures, they change the way we live, and push humanity forward. Rebels will never allow their yesterday to imprison the opportunities of tomorrow. Rebels know that anyone who embalms his past has succeeded in burying his future.
You must understand that change is inevitable. At this very moment, for instance, your body and cells are changing. The earth is changing. The economy, technology, how we do business, even how we communicate is changing. And though you can resist that change and potentially be swept away by it, you can also choose to cooperate with it, adapt to it, and benefit from it.
“In 1910, Florists’ Telegraph Delivery, known today as FTD was founded by fifteen American florists who began using the telegraph to exchange orders and deliver flowers to customers’ loved ones thousands of miles away.
Gone were the days when a daughter or a sister would go to the local florist and order a small bouquet. Family members were relocating to cities and towns far from home. And FTD flourished by identifying this trend and combining it with the telegraph, which represented a change in the way we communicate.
Around this same time, the American railroad industry began to see the automobile and the airplane as new technologies designed to transport people and goods from place to place. But unlike other industries who readily embraced these new machines, the railroad industry resisted, believing instead that they were in the railroad business, not the business of transporting goods and people.
They didn’t realize what they were up against. They didn’t grow. Though businesses focusing on the railroad might have became automobile and aircraft businesses, they didn’t. As a result, they almost died out!”~Jack Canfield.
When change happens, you can either cooperate with it and learn how to benefit from it or you can resist it and eventually get run over by it. It’s your choice. When you embrace change wholeheartedly as an inevitable part of life, looking for ways to use new changes to make your life richer, easier, and more fulfilling, your life will work much better. You I’ll experience change as an opportunity for growth and new experiences.
You must realize that there are two kinds of change, cyclical change and structural change- neither of which you can control. Cyclical change, such as the change we see in the stock market, happens several times a year.
Prices go up and they go down. There are bull markets and bearish markets. We see seasonal changes in the weather, holidays and so on. These are changes that happen in cycles, and frankly most of them we just accept as a normal part of life.
But there are also structural changes- such as when the computer was invented and completely changed how we live, work, get our news, and make purchases. Structural changes are the kinds of changes where there is no going back to doing things the way they were before. And these are the kinds of changes that can sweep you away if you resist them.
Remember back to a time when you experienced a change but resisted. Perhaps it was a move, a job transfer, a change in supplier, a change in technology in your company, a change in management, or even your teenager going off to the university- a change you were going to have to deal with and you thought it was the worst thing in the world.
What happened once you surrendered to the change? Did your life eventually improve? Can you look back now and say, “Wow, I’m glad that it happened. Look at the good it eventually brought to me.” If you can always remember that you’ve been through changes in the past- and that they’ve largely worked out for the best- you can begin to approach each new change with the excitement and anticipation you should.
Jack Canfield said, “To help you embrace change, ask yourself the following questions:
What’s changing in my life that I’m currently resisting?
Why am I resisting that change?
What am I afraid of with respect to this change?
What am I afraid might happen to me?
What’s the payoff for my keeping things the way they are?
What’s the cost I’m paying for keeping things the way they are?
What benefits might there be in this change?
What would I have to do to cooperate with this change?
What’s the next step I could take to cooperate with this change?
When will I take it?”
Dear friend, don’t be afraid of change. In fact, change is the currency of life. Don’t dodge change, if you do, it will not be kind to you. Don’t run away from change, embrace it. Take advantage of it. Fight tradition with passion. Don’t forget that anyone who avoids change will definitely live to regret it.
Several years ago, a man stood up in a conference and said that people will never have personal computer. It will never happen. Today, even our mobile phones are called smartphones because they can do virtually everything computer can do.
A man stood up in a church conference many years ago and said, “The Lord revealed to me that very soon, human being will begin to fly like a bird.” A man called Bishop Wright who came to that conference with his two sons (Orville and Wilbur Wright) stood up and said, “Heresy, heresy! If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us wings.” Few years later, the two sons of that doubting bishop flew the first known human airplane!
Dear friend, don’t ever join others to fight change. Change can never be stopped or hindered. If you refuse to adapt to change, it will render you useless in this life. John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States of America said; “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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