Recently, a MLEK senior partner was having a casual conversation with an accomplished artist who learned to press the “reset button” relatively early in life. The artist was struggling as a young person working in a factory doing the same thing every day. For some people, this can be very rewarding work because their personal contribution makes a potential difference to the success of the whole company. For others, there is a disconnect. For this artist, there was no inner peace – no satisfaction – no purpose in working at the factory. No raison d’etre. It didn’t make any personal sense. Soon depression and doubts set in. Was this supposed to be what life was about? Was everyone supposed to have a calling? The job offered no passion, no joy, no fulfillment.
When this happens there are two choices – complacency or change.
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
— Jim Rohn
Complacency requires acceptance. Consciously or subconsciously, you choose to do nothing. At some level you are satisfied and initiating change would require unacceptable effort, risk and the unknown.
Change demands that you take the initiative to move in a different direction. At some level, consciously or subconsciously, you are dissatisfied and choose to accept the risk of initiating change and embracing the unknown.
Complacency involves acceptance of what is seen as unacceptable. Change involves rejection of what is seen as acceptable.
For this artist there is no looking back. The choice to press the reset button, initiate and embrace change was transformative. It created opportunities for personal and professional fulfillment, and transformative growth.
In other words, it was well worth the risk to change.