Recently I heard from a friend who just lost her job because of downsizing. Now, she has to pound the pavement to feed herself. I mentioned to her that this might be a sign to make the change she’s desired to fulfill her dream. She missed the boat before when she stayed in her comfort zone. I can make all sorts of assumptions here, and yet in the end she stayed, in her comfort zone instead of taking that leap of faith with her inner change agent.
When trying to find a link to explain what a change agent is and does I found this interesting blog post from George Couros about titled, “The 5 Characteristics of a Change Agent.” This describes how you can be a change agent externally. To be a change agent you must be your own change agent first. The change agent takes on many other names, e.g, captain, inner guide, soul, gut instinct, just to name a few. What it really comes down to, is who is in charge of your life? Which one is truly the one you trust without exception? Or, are you listening to a change agent impersonating as your one true guide? In my coaching, I like to enlist your captain and your crew to help you make choices in your best interest. Like anything else in life, sometimes the crew tries to take over with their own unique personalities. All have their unique perspective and they like to give their opinions on both ends of the spectrum, sometimes to the extreme. I guess you could say, that a mutiny might take place if your inner leader loses it’s voice. The captain, like any leader, is the one who makes the final choice, to weigh the options and give you ultimate answer; the knowing answer; the one that’s right for you. The best answer of course, isn’t always the easiest answer. Then comes the leap of faith, the action that follows the knowing. Wow!
Who guides you? The change agent, captain, gut instinct? When you do listen, what action do you take?
Your change agent awaits your decision. What’s your next step?