I was challenged when I ran across this quote from President John F. Kennedy the other day…
It is insightful to note President Kennedy’s remarks came when speaking to leaders in West Germany in 1963, which was more than 25 years before the Berlin Wall fell. Not only does this remind us the envisioned change may take more time than expected, but also indicates the importance of our expectations towards change. While we don’t live in the Cold War tensions of the 1960’s, we do all have expectations about change. If “change is the law of life”, how should this inevitable reality shape your outlook on it?
Kennedy’s remarks should cause us to ask three questions:
- Change Reality Check: Why am I’m struggling to embrace changes in my life – personally or professionally? Is there any hint of a delusional denial of the fact change is an inevitable part of life?
- Attitude Towards the Past and Present: Do I hold attitudes about how things use to be (the past) or how they are now (the present), that will distract me from potential changes in the future?
- Look to the Future: What about my future – at work or in my personal life – is compelling? How can I leverage my excitement around this vision to build endurance?
How does Kennedy’s quote strike you? Please comment below.