Change Is What You Make It To Be
July 28, 2015
We have talked a lot about the subject of change for your life and career here in Success Tips, and this week we look even more in-depth.
When change is happening outside of you, it is not WHAT happens; it is HOW you respond to the change that matters. You ALWAYS control change's effect on you -- and that is what really counts.
Sometimes, you may choose to make a big change in your life. You control your response. Or maybe you have a change thrust upon you. You control your response here as well. Either way, it's good. People don't like change, but the fact is that ALL growth comes out of change!
I have been involved with change forever. Things change. Change is good. Why? Because it is what you make of it. Will you use the change as a catalyst to bigger and better things, or will you allow the change to stop you and stunt your growth? It's all in your hands. Take control over change, and you will gain freedom. Change means opportunity.
THE FAMOUS 0-100-0 TEST
Sometimes change can hit you fast. You feel like you are running up to 100 MPH and suddenly jam on the brakes. Road and Track Magazine used to do one of my favorite features, and I always saw it as the ultimate "Change" test. It was a feature called 0-100-0. From a standing start, they would run cars and motorcycles up to 100 MPH, then slam on the brakes and come to a complete stop, while timing the entire run.
The fastest man-made machine to ever do that? Ferrari? Lotus? Corvette? Nope. A 1994 Kawasaki ZX-9R motorcycle, which 21 years ago, with tires smoking and engine howling -- ran that test in 11.5 seconds.
No other machine, two or four wheels, has ever beaten that time. With the rider leaning out over the handlebars to keep the front wheel planted and prevent the bike from literally going over backward from too much rear wheel power, the ZX got to 100 in 7.2 seconds, then stopped in 4.3 seconds inside of 320 feet. Try accomplishing that at the test track in your Family four-door hybrid!
That 11.5 second record stands to this day. My dad had a Kawasaki Mach III and I can attest to its blinding (and frightening) takeoff speed. As kids, that bike scared us. Dad of course, loved it.
Similar to the Road and Track test, my mentors (and you know who you are) have always taught me how to process and operate in a constantly changing environment. The sign of total enlightenment is measured by the time it takes for you to go from massive and instant change, to gratitude for the very change which at first, seems like something that might turn your world completely upside down. How fast can you bring yourself to neutral following an unexpected change, and then start back on your course?
Since every event occurring outside of us is actually a "neutral" event, we only give the event meaning and power that we ourselves place on it. It can only affect us to the degree that we allow ourselves to be affected, since we are the only ones who can give external events their power.
We have told the story of General Grant in the wilderness here before; he is a classic example of this, and dealing with change. Suffering from tremendous losses in the wilderness, Grant simply went around, and kept moving south, undaunted by the change in his fighting force. What a great lesson! So when you see change occurring outside of you, look for the opportunity. Look for your win.
CHANGE MEANS OPPORTUNITY
Accept change for what it is -- a HUGE opportunity. Everything is in constant motion, a continual string of change. See the lesson, get it, and move on. Success awaits at the next adventure, and Grant proved it. Simply choose that external and changing events do NOT have power over you - instead, you have the power, so go around, and move ahead.
By keeping change in proper perspective, and using it to your advantage, you can always be in a perfect position to succeed - no matter WHAT change is occurring around or outside of you!