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The Gospel of Change

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Nice one...

> First, be alert for the first signs of change. Change descends on every
one equally; it is just that some realize it faster. Some changes are
sudden but many others are gradual. While sudden changes get attention
because they are dramatic, it is the gradual changes that are ignored till
it is too late.
>You must have all heard of story of the frog in boiling water. If the
temperature of the water is suddenly increased, the frog realizes it and
jumps out of the water. But if the temperature is very slowly increased,
one degree at a time, the frog does not realize it till it boils to death.
You must develop your own early warning system, which warns you of changes
and calls your attention to it. In the case of change, being forewarned is
being forearmed.
>Second, anticipate change even when things are going right. Most people
wait for something to go wrong before they think of change. It is like
going to the doctor for a check up only when you are seriously sick or
thinking of maintaining your vehicle only when it breaks down. The biggest
enemy of future success is past success. When you succeed, you feel that
you must be doing something right for it to happen. But when the parameters
for success change, doing the same things may or may not
>continue to lead to success. Guard against complacency all the time.
Complacency makes you blind to the early signals from the environment that
something is going wrong.
>Third, always look at the opportunities that change represents. Managing
change has a lot to go with our own attitude towards it. It is proverbial
half-full or half empty glass approach. For every problem that change
represents, there is an opportunity lurking in disguise somewhere. It is up
to you to spot it before someone else does.
>Fourth, do no allow routines to become change. For many of us the routine
we have got accustomed to obstruct change. Routines represent our own zones
of comfort. There is a sense of predictability about them. They have
structured our time and even our thought in a certain way. While routines
are useful, do not let them enslave you. Deliberately break out of them
from time to time.
>Fifth, realize that fear of the unknown is natural. With change comes a
feeling of insecurity. Many people believe that brave people are not
afflicted by this malady.
>The truth is different. Every one feels the fear of unknown. Courage is
not the absence of fear but the ability to manage fear without getting
paralysed. Feel the fear, but move on regardless.
>Sixth, keep renewing yourself. This prepares you to anticipate change and
be ready for it when it comes. Constantly ask yourself what new skills and
competencies will be needed. Begin working on them before it becomes
necessary and you will have a natural advantage. The greatest benefit of
your education lies not only in what you have learnt, but also in working
>how to learn. Formal education is the beginning of the journey of
>Yet I do meet youngsters who feel that they have already learnt all there
is to learn. You have to constantly learn about people and how to interact
effectively with them. In the world of tomorrow, only those individuals and
organizations will succeed who have mastered the art of rapid and on- going
>Seventh, surround yourself with people who are open to change. If you are
always in the company of cynics, you will soon find yourself becoming like
them. A cynic knows all the reasons why something cannot be done. Instead,
spend time with people who have a "can-do" approach. Choose your advisors
and mentors correctly. Pessimism is contagious, but then
>so is enthusiasm. In fact, reasonable optimism can be an amazing force
>Eighth, play to win. I have said this many times in the past. Playing to
win is not the same as cutting corners. When you play to win, you stretch
yourself to your maximum and use all your potential. It also helps you to
concentrate your energy on what you can influence instead of getting bogged
down with the worry of what you cannot change. Do your best and leave the
>Ninth, respect yourself. The world will reward you on your successes.
Success requires no explanation and failure permits none. But you need to
respect yourself enough so that your self-confidence remains intact whether
you succeed or fail. If you succeed 90 per cent of the time, you are doing
fine. If you are succeeding all the time, you should ask yourself if you
are taking enough risks. If you do not take enough risks, you may also be
losing out on many opportunities. Think through but take the plunge. If
some things do go wrong, learn from them. I came across this interesting
story some time ago:
>One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried
piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally
he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway!
It just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his
neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and started
throwing dirt on the donkey. As it realized what was happening, it cried
horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quietened down.
>A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was
astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that fell on his back,
the donkey was doing some thing amazing. He would shake it off and take a
step up. As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the
animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was
amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and totted off!
>Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick is too
not to get bogged down by it. We can get out of the deepest wells by not
stopping. And by never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!
>Tenth, in spite of all the change around you, decide upon what you will
never change: your core values. Take you time to decide what they are but
once you do, do not compromise on them for any reason. Integrity is one
such value.
>Finally, we must remember that succeeding in a changing world is beyond
just surviving. It is our responsibility to create and contribute something
to the world that has given us so much. We must remember that many have
contributed to our success, including our parents and others from our
society. All of us have a responsibility to utilize our potential for
making our nation a better place for others, who may not be as well endowed
as us, or as fortunate in having the opportunities that we have got. Let us
do our bit, because doing one good deed can have multiple benefits not only
for us but also for many others.
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