Tag: Change

Change…Hope

While there are many reasons people fear change, one is associated with loss. With change comes loss, generally the loss of something held dear: freedom, comfort, position, ego, etc.

Linda Ellerbee said, “What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’ If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, ‘I believe in tomorrow and I will be part of it.’”

What if change represented hope concerning our faith in tomorrow? Change is inevitable. Not all change is good, but not all change is bad either.

Leaders should instill hope in others, and it will involve some level of change.

Changing Self

Think about the implications of a thought expressed by Rumi, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

Most people associated with spiritual leadership desire to change the world. However, an unending list of questions would need to be answered to even consider the task.

The idea of changing others cannot be achieved by compulsion or coercion. If change is achieved by such means the results will not last.

When we focus on changing ourselves we provide a living testimony for the world as to the benefits that come from implementing such change.

Change in Leadership

The general mindset of leadership is about changing others. After all, spiritually speaking, we are leading, right? The purpose of our leadership is changing others, right? Are we not supposed to change others?

However, before we can change others we must first change ourselves. It is easy to ask others to do what we are either unwilling to do or have not done yet.

The power of change, however, begins with us. When we make changes in our own lives first, then we are setting an example for others to see why they should change also.

When leaders provide the example, then consistency is the model.

Informing Others

The challenge to leadership exists when there is a lack of communication.

When leaders do not keep others informed, people grow suspicious, begin to distrust leaders, doubt a leaders ability, and become anxious.

However, when leaders keep others informed, great things can happen.

What kind of information needs to be provided?

Inform others why changes are being made.
Inform others of the plans for the change.
Inform others of who will be needed to accomplish the change.
Inform others of challenges / or hindrances facing the plans.
Inform others of the needs.

When leaders communicate / inform others, trustworthy and loyal relationships develop. It is time for God’s leaders to lead.

Humble Leaders

Life constantly changes.

Preparing our minds for all the possible changes in life is significant.

If you knew the one secret to prepare for those changes, would you seek it, take it, and apply it in your life? Of course. We all would.

Humility is the one secret to make this preparation.

Developing humility is a lifelong endeavor to achieve.

Humility recognizes our need for God.

Humility works each day at putting the needs of others above our own.

When the changes of life come along, humility enables us to approach change with the wisdom to deal with it appropriately.

Change

Why does the idea of “change” create such fear on the part of so many people? One possible answer is the idea that change brings something negative or bad. Change is also associated with introducing liberalism.

Change, however, can be a positive, powerful, and necessary approach to growth. Mandy Hale says, “Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.”

Change is biblical; we call it repentance. It still means change.

Our fear of change must not stifle us from achieving all that God can do through us if we will but change.

Risky Business

Leadership means risks. Change never occurs quickly or easily. Introducing challenges or raising questions about the current development or structure increases the level of risk.

Regardless of the approach to personal or organizational growth, change is required in order to expand. The thought of remaining neutral, being comfortable with the status quo, or being afraid to address potential change leaves an organization stagnate and eventually deteriorating.

Time, knowledge, and experience are three elements that provide the basis for approaching any risk.

1) Do we have the time to invest?
2) Is our knowledge of the situation adequately researched?
3) What level of experience exists for the resources needed?

Changing the Future

If we could turn back time, what would we do different?

What would we change if we could start 2020 or even 2021 over? Would we do anything different?

Change a word spoken in anger or too hastily?
Choose to make better decisions?
Channel our energy toward a more positive attitude?
Correct a wrong done to a friend, family member, or foe?

We are aware of the impossibility of turning back time. But if we could, certainly, our changes would be for a better life for everyone.

Let’s determine today to lead with those changes in mind.

The Leadership Possibilities

How many times have you thought or heard someone say, “Life doesn’t always go according to plan?”

Susan Gale acknowledges, “Sometimes heading in a new direction can be scary until you realize you’re headed toward a new and exciting destination.”

Imagine what would happen if we exercised a little patience and did not allow the scary nature of a new direction or change in plans distract us from seeing the new and exciting possibilities that might exist around the corner.

Life expands with our ability to demonstrate the kind of flexibility that allows us to take advantage of opportunities when presented. May we always see the possibilities.

Change in Leadership

Change exposes a number of feelings. For some, nothing is worse than change. The comfortability of the “rut” makes it nearly impossible to discuss change, let alone actually implement change.

For others, the idea of change is a daily part of life. Change is inevitable and, interestingly enough, change is biblical. A change must occur in order to leave the old life and exchange it for the new. Nothing rises to the top for leaders to learn than how to navigate change.

Consider something Tom Ziglar said, “Change starts with you, but it doesn’t start until you do.”