Think back through your life: at the age of 16 you were not the same person as you were when you were six. Nor were you the same at 16 as you later became (or will become) at 26, 36, 46, or even 86 — though something about us stays the same.
Throughout our lives, in different ways, we are always changing.
We are not human beings, we are human becomings.
The people who we try to become, the lives we try to lead, and the degrees to which we are helped or hindered along the way are all influenced by the people around us and the times we happen to have been born into. If you had been born into a different century, a different country, or even a different family, you would likely see the world very differently from the way you do now.
But no matter where or when you were born, something about you would be the same. This is the essence of you.
The clearer you can get about what this is, independent of what you or your family think you should be, the clearer you will be about where you want to get to, and the more energy and enthusiasm you will have for getting there. In a time of change, knowing this will make you stronger.
We are all human becomings. And unlike a caterpillar, we can make that becoming a conscious deliberate process.
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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