We've been dealing with change and innovation for a long time now. The world changed 10,000 years ago, 5,000 years ago, 1,000 years ago, 500 years ago, and 50 years ago, even 3 years ago. Innovation is the natural state of everything. The change is constant.
We've had change for a long time and the pace of change is increasing, but it always has been, we just haven't had the technology to know about it straight away as we do today.
There are those that speak of "End Times" and "The Apocalypse" and how it's upon us. That is always the case, The End is always upon us. To paraphrase (or misquote) Mark Twain, "End Times are Nigh. It's just the 'when' that is in question."
The dark ages and the dark night of the soul were a time of innovation and change in and of themselves. Change is always upon us, every day, every time we blink.
To some extent, we have to design our lives and the components of our lives to accommodate change. How much change is part of the choices we make? That's part of the innovation and risk of change. Some people are happier with more change and some people are happier with more consistency. I prefer to have a balance of change and more consistency, but I also understand that I can't have consistent change unless it adds value.
What can you do to bring about more change and innovation in your life?
How can you be more creative? How much of your life do you want to change and what new things do you have to create or change in order to bring about the change you want, or the new things you want to experience and create?
When a person gets a new job, the first thing they could do is look for the things that are broken and design a plan for fixing those things. Rather than just following the direction of their supervisor, they could look for the things that are already broken. I believe many organizations are plagued by broken things, but most people at most companies, whether it's a commercial or government organization, like to pretend things aren't broken. The catchphrase "We've always done it that way" springs to mind, the six most expensive words in business and life.
What are the things that are broken in your life? What needs to be fixed? What are the places in your life you need to change to bring out the best in you? These are challenging thoughts.
Change is inevitable, innovation is inevitable. The change will happen, but you can choose how much of it happens and how you approach change and innovation.
We've been dealing with change for a long time. We can accept things for the way they are and complain about how things aren't the way we want them to be. Or we can also decide to make things better.
How are you going to be more innovative and make changes in your life?
What things do you need to change in order to make the changes or bring about the innovations you want to bring about for you, your team and your organisation?