“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” Anais Nin
This quote resonates with me as I believe it captures perfectly, the ‘struggle’ most of us have with significant change and the risks associated with that change.
So my question for this month, are you still ‘tight in a bud’ or about ready to ‘blossom’?
I first explored this theme in September 2013, under the heading; Renewal and Change – where are you? Introducing the Hudson Renewal Cycle, a four stage model that I have used extensively over the years to help a variety of people to make sense of the changes they are facing or the ones they have faced in the past.
Now I find myself looking at the model from a slightly different perspective as I review my options, consider the changes I may need to make and how different my business might look in the future.
Over the years, like so many of us I have had a number of what Hudson refers to as ‘mini transitions’, ‘pinging’ back and forth between ‘Heroic’ and ‘Disillusioned’ making the adjustments to get back into ‘Heroic’ whenever I felt it was necessary.
Which brings me to, my second quote:
“There are several times during our adult years when we find compelling reasons to launch our lives again. We live in a world of discontinuous constant change”
Source: the Hudson Institute
In recent years I have become aware that my focus is changing and that I am being compelled towards making a significant change.
Time to move beyond the ‘mini transitions’ and ‘dig’ deeper into what really makes me tick. This is what Hudson refers to as the ‘reflective’ stage, a sort of ‘time out’ where the individual looks inside to gain clarity and reconnect with their core values, beliefs, interests and mission.
This is a stage to jettison those things that no longer serve you, those ‘things’ that you simply no longer need. Difficult, if they were in the past part of your survival kit. This is the time to ‘declutter’ your head and get clear about what really matters to you. A time to create the space you need to take on new learning and insight.
So another question for you this month, are you being compelled to make a significant change?
If so how is this ‘compulsion’ manifesting itself in you? What are you noticing about yourself?
- General feeling of boredom and lack of enthusiasm
- In a perpetual state of ‘cynicism’, stress or anxiety
- Constantly feeling stuck in a rut
- Noticing a general lack of energy, focus and motivation.
Or are you
- Noticing that your energy and focus has changed direction?
- Drawn to new interests?
- ‘Alive’ and excited in unexpected situations, places and times.
If any of this seems familiar, then maybe, just maybe it’s time to consider a whole new chapter, especially if you have been busy tinkering around the edges of your life/career in an attempt to re-energise yourself. Re-invent yourself.
It might be time to make some more fundamental changes to your life and career.
Will be returning to this theme over the following months, as my own story unfolds.