Over the next three weeks we are going to be discussing how to experience positive transformation. This is a very crucial topic which has a serious impact on how we live our lives. Hence, it is very important to pay serious attention to it.
Transformation simply means Change. Transformation is an indispensable requirement for growth and development. However, it is very vital to note that you cannot experience real transformation unless you abandon the status quo. Change means doing things differently. You cannot be doing things the way you have been doing them and expect a different result. It is not only unrealistic, but absolutely impossible. That is why Zig Ziglar said that: “doing things the way we have always done them and expect a different result is one of definitions of insanity”
Transformation has four components. And for transformation to take place, all the four components must be present. The components are: DISSATISFACTION, MINDSET CHANGE, DECISION and ACTION. In order to simplify this subject, I am going to express transformation in mathematical equation as follows:
Transformation = Dissatisfaction + Mindset Change + Decision + Action
Please note that if any of these components are missing you cannot experience positive transformation.
Now, let us take each of these components and discuss them one by one.
The first one I am going to discuss is dissatisfaction. When I say dissatisfaction, I mean dissatisfaction with the status quo. And most of the time the status quo is usually our comfort zone. That is why people naturally resist change and will do whatever they can to stop it. Dissatisfaction is a critical step in the process of transformation. If you are not dissatisfied with the status quo, there will be no drive for change. Even when you have the right mindset, if you are happy with the current situations, you will not see any need to take decision and actions necessary for transformation.
You will notice in the Bible that after God created the heavens and the earth, He was dissatisfied with the way the earth was. Though this fact was not categorically stated in the Bible, but if you carefully read the first two verses of the book of Genesis Chapter one and link them to the subsequent actions performed by God, you will clearly understand that God was dissatisfied with the way things were.
Let us take a look at the passage:
1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep… 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so…. (From Genesis 1)
From the passages of the Bible above, it is pretty obvious that God was dissatisfied with the way things were on the earth. That is why he caused the changes we see in Gen1:3-24 to happen. For example, God was not happy with darkness, He created light. He was dissatisfied with disorderliness; He made things to be in order.
Wish does not bring Change
I want you to understand that wish does not bring change, only dissatisfaction does. For instance, one of the major reasons Nigeria is the way it is today is that bulk of Nigerians including our leaders are not truly dissatisfied with situations of things in the country. Even though we all wish the country is better, we are not are not truly dissatisfied.
The same thing applies to our personal lives as individuals. Most of us are wishing seriously to get better in various aspects of our lives. However, things are not going according to our wish. We keep on wondering why things remain the same or probably getting worse even though we have been wishing for change for years. If you are experiencing such a situation, things have not changed for the better because you have only been wishing but you are not dissatisfied with the current situation. When someone is truly dissatisfied with a situation or something, he will be ready to give or sacrifice whatever it takes to change the situation.
Dissatisfaction with the status quo will help you to break the resistance to change. That is why dissatisfaction with the status quo is a vital requirement for transformation. Dissatisfaction creates a burning anger in you. The anger will make it impossible for you to put-up with the undesirable situation. This anger gives you the push, the urge and the courage to move out of your comfort zone to act. You will agree with me that when you are angry, you are more likely to dare things you are ordinarily afraid of. Anger will drive you to look for the better alternative. And in the process, things begin to get better and you experience positive transformation.
Human life cycle
The process of human transformation from living an ordinary life to a successful and impactful life follows a cycle. This cycle is similar to the insect life cycle.
Insects know the time for change and metamorphosized from crawling to flying.
On the other hand, man who was blessed by God to have dominion finds it difficult to recognize the time for change or truncate the process along the line before it is concluded. Consequently, we remain crawling on the ground forever instead of flying. The Big Question is: Are insects more intelligent than man? Of course they are not! Saying insect are more intelligent than man is very far from the truth, because among all the things created by God it was only man who He actually created in His own image. The fact that man was created in the image of God and was also blessed by Him to have dominion clearly shows we are superior and more intelligent than any other living things created by Him. So, if we are more intelligent than insects, why do people truncate their life transformation process? They do so because of FEAR.
Dissatisfaction and Fear
Every human being has the emotion called fear. For you to have the courage to move out of your comfort zone, your dissatisfaction level must be greater than your fear level. That is, your level of dissatisfaction must be strong enough to suppress every element of fear in you. You need a very high level of dissatisfaction to gather sufficient courage to overcome your fear and act. In fact, your courage to act is directly proportional to your level of dissatisfaction. I believe you understand the implication of this; you must be willing to confront your fear to experience positive transformation.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this write-up. I am going to continue with the second part of this subject next week. If you are blessed by this message, please forward it to your loved ones. If you’d like to have this topic presented as a seminar in your organization, kindly contact me on: +2348023277203 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org