Events can sometimes be a catalyst, like in a chemical reaction, for change; they aren’t the change, but they kick start the change process and the rest – just like in the lab – a series of somewhat predictable and somewhat surprising events.
Taking action – could be in our jobs, within our families/homes, or within our own mindset – seems to fall into two clear groups. I don’t think Meyers-Briggs analysis plays a role here, but decisiveness certainly does.
I wrote recently about ripping off the Band-Aid … but this is not that simple.
Most of us, most of the time, make most decisions by thinking about them – often for long periods and, after we’ve made changes, we often ask ourselves “what took me so long?”, or “I wish I’d made this decision a long time ago.” Everybody experiences this. I would like to experience it less!
The other scenario, like the Band-Aid ripping, is swift. Sometimes someone else makes the decision for us, sometimes circumstances present a need/alternative for swift deciding. So we do. We act, react, move-on, and grow. It is easy to dismiss this as ‘just when emergent circumstances require,’ but it is much more – can be much more than that.
I’ve recently been going through my annual planning process, mapping out what I want to happen in my life next year, some changes, some resolution about some things which will remain unchanged, and some ‘still under consideration.’ I first did this many years ago when down on my luck – out of necessity, to reduce costs and conserve cash. My circumstances aren’t that dire right now, but they have been within the last year, and having that ‘prior experience’ has really paid off.
A new year – on some things I’ve already started; affirming what won’t change (and identifying which of those needs work/improvement/more time/better focus, some NEW things and some SHED THEM things). There is no need to wait until 2020 to do things we already realize we need to do.