“Life is a series of changes occasionally interrupted by stability.”

Life is a series of changes occasionally interrupted by stability. I use that quote a lot. It was something that came to me one day during a leadership workshop. I think it describes the essence of being a leader and a change agent.

Our lives can change in an instant. All of us can point to a moment in our lives when things changed significantly. Perhaps it was an event, personally or historically. It could have been an “aha! moment,” a time when we learned something new or were exposed to a new idea that changed our perspective. Maybe we wanted better results and changed what we were doing.

How we respond to change determines our future. We make best choices based upon the information we have and we act. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail. Thomas Edison failed over ten thousand times before he finally created the light bulb. When asked about his failures he replied, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Embrace change. Let go of the illusion of perfection. Today’s failure can lead to tomorrow’s success. Focus on the two things we can control, our attitude and our actions. Enjoy each moment and move forward with life.

When I graduated college years ago our commencement speaker, Dr. Curt Strube, told us that “those of you who will be the most successful in your lives will be the ones who are the most flexible.” Over the years, I’ve learned the true wisdom in those words.

All my best,