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I Choose to Change

I was recently working on our Leadership eLearning modules featuring executive career coach and bestselling author Marshall Goldsmith’s 20 habits that leaders need to stop.

In one of the modules Marshall said something that really struck a chord with me.  He said that leaders should commit to choosing change rather than being compliant and committed to a path that no longer serves them.

To be a great leader you must commit to choosing change and saying — I do what I do because I choose to, not because I have to.

Marshall says, the more committed we are to a path the harder it is to admit, that it is the wrong path.  A great leader is willing to let go of projects that do not work.

I feel fortunate to have learned this lesson early on in my life and career.  Five years ago I moved to Toronto to do my PhD.  I was accepted into a program but my heart was absolutely not in it.  I powered through my coursework in a year and on the summer break I finally took a step back and said to myself, What am I doing here?!  I was completely unhappy and unfulfilled.  That’s when I decided to choose change and I’ve never been happier!

Change can be super scary and uncomfortable at first, but being compliant and stuck on a path that no longer works can literally suck the life out of you.

But remember, if you’re not changing it really means you’re not growing.

When have you decided to choose change and how did it serve you?  I’d love to hear your personal stories — share in the comments below!

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