We live in times of profound change, uncertainty and disruption.
I believe that because of greater entropy in our world today, we will experience more change and chaos in our lives.
We WILL face change and disruption. It’s not if – only when.
That is the reality of our lives: More surprises and shocks.
In my own journey, I have realized that there is one trait above all else that is paramount if we’re to learn to thrive in times of change and that is:
The will to keep moving forward
The will to put ego aside and change yourself
The will to pick yourself up when you fail
The will to get another job after you’ve been laid off or downsized
The will to pick up the phone when the last prospect doesn’t email back for weeks
The will to go on a blind date without being sour after a lengthy relationship crashed
The will to move forward despite the physical pain and suffering that you’re enduring with an illness
The will to believe in yourself when others don’t
The will to fight when you’re so tired of doing it for so long
Skill, competence, smarts, intellect, luck, humor contribute deeply to fertilize the soil of our character but not as much as the strength of our will. Especially when in times of change where we are hit with seemingly random and unexpected events more often.
The true test of success in times of change and uncertainty is our measured by our Will.
It is the trait that will define us for the times of turbulence. It is this one thing that will determine if we will succeed in love, life or enterprise. It is the will to go on despite the difficult road ahead.