Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman
This line was quoted by Flemming Funch this morning in Facebook and it got me thinking about the nature of change. How much we all try to change other people – whether our family, our colleagues or our staff. But we never, ever succeed. No one has ever made anyone else change. They always have to decide to change themselves at some stage. And why do we change? Because we have seen the possibility of being better. Happier, more effective, more successful. Whatever it is we have seen something in someone else we want to emulate.
The more someone berates us, finds fault with us and attempts to bring about a change in us the more we dig our heels in. And yet seeing someone being the way we want to be can make us change in an instant.
The prevailing business culture in most organisations – mature, restrained, un-selfaware and often aloof – is the last sort of thing that is going to make any of us want to change.
We need more people alive, awake and going for it – whatever it is!