by Dr. Arthur Caliandro
-Excerpts from his book “Simple Steps: Ten Things You Can Do to Create an Exceptional Life”
I’ve noticed that people who accomplish a great deal know better than to keep hitting their head against the same high obstacles. They know that life’s goals area adaptable. They can change.
Positive change is not always comfortable. More often than not, it requires breaks in routines and familiar ways.
More and more today, I encounter people who are empowering themselves to make midcareer changes and transformations—often involving considerable risk and sacrifice. The growth they achieve is usually greater than they could have realized by remaining stuck in repetitive patterns – another name for “ruts” – that were no longer moving their lives forward.
I know one woman, for instance, who enjoyed a successful career as an executive for several decades, but who then became a teacher. She describes this change as her “new lease on life.” And I know a man who went the other way. He left the teaching profession and became an executive at an advertising agency. He too, is elated at his life change.
As Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, “One thing I’ve found out about this life is this. It’s not so much where we stand, but in what direction we’re moving.”
Embrace change. When we do, and the change is the right one, it’s like having the wind at our backs, filling us with strong energy. We can move our lives ahead again with confidence, and our lives become renewed and refreshed.