Recently the word change has become a frequently used word in our vocabulary. Our financial institutions are promoting a change in the lending practices, our government is looking to change our economy, the younger generations are imploring a change in policy concerning our environment and the older adults want a change in the healthcare system. But what really does it mean to change? I looked up the word in the dictionary and found it to mean to substitute, alter or vary. Change implores doing something different than what you are presently doing. Why, then, must it be qualified as good or bad? Is change not just changing? Change itself is the act of doing, it is not the outcome. By doing you are neither good nor bad, you just are. Such fear has been associated with the word change. Our society developed a phobia against any kind of change. The outcome is too unpredictable to chance; we would rather do nothing at all and complain about it than to chance a change for the better. Has the ego and self become so powerful that we are no longer able to move forward in a progressive direction? Logic tells us that
Resistance to change in inevitable, and yet growth and expansion cannot occur without it. Change is simply taking a known idea or process and expanding on it in a different direction. That known process or idea is referred to as the “common ground”. In business, as in life, a process or idea is put into place and utilized to reach an expected goal; an example of this could be found at the local retail checkout counter. Three feet before the register is a stand of under a dollar items, simply displayed and yet never advertised. These items are stocked more in the store than any other counter; why you ask, because as you wait in line to purchase your items you browse in boredom, scanning this counter. Over three quarters of people in this line will pickup and purchase at least one of these items. The goal of selling these products is obtained. Now we want to increase the profitability of the store. I choose to use the same register display concept, but increase the price point by seventy-five cents per item. I have used the “common ground” principle and changed it to achieve my new set of goals; increased
Each of us have soul wounds that we came here to heal. These are our most difficult and painful inner issues. We have the choice to see our soul wounds as a curse or as a challenging opportunity for transformation.