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Change? It's in the air. It seems that everything is shifting with incredible speed. And change is at the core of thriving. Evolve and thrive. Evolve or perish. There is no getting away from it. So the question is, what are you doing to evolve? What are you doing to identify your next opportunity to thrive? Let's start with the word Thrive:
1: to grow vigorously :
2: to gain in wealth or possessions :
3: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances
Focus on these definitions, particularly the last one. The circumstances are going to happen. Age, weather, the economy and many other things that you can't control are going to happen. The only thing you have control over is how you respond. That's all.
You set goals if you are paying attention and trying to thrive. If you don't set goals you are reacting to your environment and letting it dictate who you are and what your condition is. Why would you want to do this? Why would you want to let circumstances dictate your prosperity? What do you gain by disowning your birthright to thrive?
In my own life what I found was during the times when I wasn't proactive in thriving, it was an issue of comfort. The discomfort of not thriving was less than the discomfort of taking the risk to change. Of course, life always seems to have a way of making it increasingly uncomfortable to resist change. Eventually, it becomes so uncomfortable that you simply have to do something to break out of the pattern that is holding you back. Whether it's ending a bad relationship, changing jobs, learning something new or letting go of a belief that no longer works, you have to take a deep breath and start the process.
We are now moving into the next cycle of change. The days are getting shorter very quickly and autumn and winter will be here before you know it. We are conditioned to prepare for the change in September. The back to school catalogs and ads are in our face and our cells automatically respond by starting to prepare. We are conditioned to go into a new learning/evolving cycle every September. It pulls at us. Some people like it and others dread it.
At Spa Tech Institute we see a surge of future students contacting the schools in August. It's like someone flicks a switch and suddenly everyone is thinking about school again. It's like a salmon swimming upstream and birds migrating. It just happens.
My question to everyone is, what are you going to do if you don't do something to change your life? What are you going to be doing a year from now? How is your life going to be different in one year if you don't do something now? How will your life be in five years if you don't do anything now?
The point is, things will continue to change no matter what you do. The question is whether it will change for the better or the worse. If you do nothing to advance your knowledge and prepare to go to your next level, will you have more opportunities or less? Will you be more prosperous and in control of your life or less in control?
Of course, we know the answer. It's in the news every day. People who have not evolved are unemployed and those who continue to evolve are working. Anywhere from 6% to over 25% of the population is unemployed. The highest rate is where people did the least amount to change. They were working in industries that didn't evolve. They worked in jobs that didn't evolve. And as a result, they became obsolete. Where the rates are the lowest you will also find the highest rate of change. And invariably, where the rates of unemployment are the lowest the rates of education are the highest.
So what will you do? How are you going to change and grow so you will be more prosperous and skilled this year than last? What are you going to learn that makes you more valuable in the future? What opportunities are you going to grow into so you can thrive and reach your highest potential? It's up to you. No one can do it for you.
Learn to love change and you will succeed no matter what happens in the world.
I look forward to our journey together.
P.S. Nancy and I have been super busy with the Change Your Energy, Change Your Life talks as well as doing the ARYSE at Ipswich and Plymouth. It's been amazing to work with everyone and see over 150 people learn something new and change in the last two weeks. This coming week we will be doing the talk and ARYSE in Westbrook, ME and the week after in Westboro, MA. That will be followed by the class on using technology to increase your career and business success. I look forward to seeing everyone at these upcoming classes and talks. It's always fun to hang out with people who love to grow and change.
For more information on the class, you can go to http://estore.spatech.edu and follow the links to the descriptions.

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