One Powerful ACT.

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Brian Kight

Yesterday we looked at the pattern of reactively transforming as a response to crisis. We also observed how frequently these reactive transformations involve dynamics people were well aware of beforehand, but waited for a crisis to force them into transformation.

Now consider another approach. I hesitate to call it an alternative because reactive transformations are necessary and unavoidable in certain circumstances. We just don’t want them to be our primary option (too limiting) or our only option (too risky). 

The approach I prefer to use in my own life is what I call an Actively Chosen Transformation (ACT). I’m excited to share it with you.

An ACT has three qualities:

  • Proactive: There is a conscious choice. It expects, looks for, and actively chooses to engage in transformation opportunities without being forced. It does not wait for an externally initiated cue, trigger, or crisis.
  • Purposeful: There is a meaningful reason. A clear, core, internal purpose that is strongly tied to fulfillment and excellence drives the transformation.
  • Positive: There is excitement. Optimism fuels the transformation, not fear, even when the process feels big and scary.

The Actively Chosen Transformation is one of the most underutilized, but powerful capacities we have. Our capacity for transformation is extraordinary. Whether we’re looking at our minds, bodies, beliefs, emotions, experiences, teams, cultures, societies, relationships, or our entire lives, we have a stunning amount of room for meaningful transformation.

And there is no reason to wait. There is every reason to ACT.

Everything is training for something. Do the work.

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