#180WordOfTheWeek With Mohale Wamorena
#180WordOfTheWeek with Mohale Wamorena
Date: 03 April 2017
One of the greatest challenges we face as human beings, which invariably become opportunities, is the demand that life constantly places on us for change. Somebody once said that change is the only constant in life. To a significant extent I absolutely agree with that, because all of us can relate to the concept of change. As individuals we have and continue to go through change almost with every step of our journey through life and we can attribute who we are to the experiences we have had, whether good or bad, and the changes they bring. Despite the fact that change is as common as it is to the human experience, we still tend to fear it when it happens. We fear it because we are not sure what the ultimate outcomes of it will be. The reason we have this fear for change is because we generally see change as the result of happenstance, which means that we do not see ourselves as having control over it. We are afraid because we do not believe we have control.
It is true that there are some things that happen in our lives that we do not necessarily have control over, but we do have control over how we respond to them and what we do with them. We always have control of that. We have control over whether we will be victims of change or visionaries thereof. Afropolitan, there can be no greater fallacy in life than to believe that you have no power over what becomes of your life. Let no man deceive you – you are in control. What is critical is for you to realise that you are and take charge of your own destiny. Do not ever allow yourself to be stuck in a job, a relationship or situation of any kind, just because you do not believe that you are in control. Take the necessary step, make the necessary change. You should never allow any human being to suffocate your self-efficacy through the idea that they wield some degree of control over your destiny. It is a lie. Your destiny is in your own hands. As a nation, we have the power to pioneer, in these very turbulent times – the change that we want to see in our society. We have done it before and we can do it again, as long as we remember that we are in control over our own national destiny.
In conclusion, it is important to note that by the very definition of the word, change has to do with a process by which something becomes different. The key word in this definition is ‘process’. I especially like this word because it connotes that change is, at a very fundamental level both creative and proactive. It is deliberate, which means that we must plan for it – at least if we want it to be effective. Larry Winget said “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happens when you don’t have a plan”. Unless we take charge of what we want, we have no business being complacent about what we don’t want. Socrates put it this way: “The key to change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”. Change is about the future that you have envisioned more than it is about your past. It is about your destiny and not about your history.
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