Change is the only constant in life. We consciously bring in changes to achieve certain targets and goals. Sometimes change is thrust upon us though we may not desire it. The good changes bring in positive vibes and cheer and we sail along. The not so good changes – financial challenges, failure, relationships going sour, divorce, loss of loved ones, ill health, work related situations, etc., make us sit back and think of why we are in the situation we find ourselves in.
Innovation is the name of the game – the buzz word in today’s age. We read about innovation in technology, in infrastructure, in business models, in our lives. But the most challenging innovation is within oneself – what does it take to re-invent yourself? The journey of life is unique – so much so that no two individual’s paths are exactly identical. Life is made up of a fabric called experiences and these experiences are influenced not just by the situations or circumstances but also heavily by perceptions. How do I perceive the my family, my friends? My colleagues, my work, the organization I work with? How do I perceive every situation I face? How do I perceive myself? Which brings up the question of what influences perceptions. Our emotions – love, hate, fear, ego, pride to name a few and the baggage of experiences that we always carry along almost always prejudice our perceptions. Sifting through a few articles on the internet, various versions of “reinventing” yourself emerge. Some look at reinvention as a technical project broken into bits and put down in a planner preferably with a time frame. Others talk of visions and goals, having mentors and using social media to connect with others. A belief system which seems to work for me – atleast in parts – is that change is really first and foremost within yourself – it is in your mind and your soul. Once you achieve the realization and conviction of what you want to be, the Universe takes care of the rest. We often underestimate and undermine the power of our minds and thoughts. A simple thought with 100% conviction and trust in the Universal power triggers a series of actions, events and happenings that makes the impossible possible. Talk about dreams coming true – who has not experienced this or heard or read about it. Or of miracles – for all the science and technology in the world there are a billion and more things we just cannot explain or rationalize. Yes, man can attempt to create matter and perhaps anti-matter. Science will progress and grow organs from stem cells. We will create life by procreation. But can we create a soul – or infuse life into a dead person? The biggest challenge is achieving that realization or conviction of who you are. It is only when you truly understand who you are that you will know what you want to be. But then, easier said than done. I am still meandering along the tapestry of life.. searching within myself for that elusive moment of “truth”.. And when I do discover my self within, I will have the mammoth task of letting go all that is holding me back from being myself – fear of the unknown and of failure, hate, resentment, anger and ego..
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown