The Curious Coach Podcast

Episode 115:
Mini: Change

In this episode, my reflective challenge is about change, and recognising that change is a constant within our lives – whether we recognise it or not. Part of this reflective episode also includes a timeline exercise to help you recognise all the change that you’ve already encountered in your life.

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HI there and welcome to this week’s edition of The Curious Coach Podcast. This week, I’m reflecting on change. In some ways, change, just like breathing, is a constant in our lives. We, and the world around us, are constantly changing. Today is a different day from yesterday. We’re also different – simply by the fact that the neural pathways in our brains will have changed based on our experiences – new pathways will have been created, some may have broken down, others reinforced or weakened.

However, sometimes we can become blind to change, we might deny it’s existence, we may fight very hard to keep things from changing, rather than embracing it. You might hear people claim, “I’m the same person I’ve always been”. However, without change, we wouldn’t grow, evolve, or learn. We’d become comfortable, complacent and bored. And whilst that might sound appealing for a while, ultimately, it’s not necessarily a good thing.

Take a moment now, to reflect on how you’ve changed over the course of your life. Maybe grab a piece of paper, and draw a line to represent your life. It might be a simple straight line, or it might be a line that curves and flows around the page – you decide – this is your timeline.

Now, mark where you feel you are today on the line. And then start to fill in the major events that have made an impact on your life, between the start of the line and the place you marked for today. Births, deaths, college, jobs, relationships, hobbies, travel and so on – all the things that might have had an impact on you. Then, walk backwards through your timeline, and reflect on how each point has changed you. Maybe you learned a new skill, discovered a passion, discovered a strength, connected with a value or belief. Whatever it is, simply start to notice how you’ve been changed by these events. And these are the major obvious events, I’m sure as you start to reflect more deeply, you’ll find number of other examples that have changed or shaped you in some way or other.

Anyway, having done that, come back to the point where you marked today, and cast your eyes along the rest of the line, where the future hasn’t happened yet. How unlikely is it, that you’re not going to undergo any other changes for the rest of your life? Yet, despite this, we may still find it challenging to recognise that we can and will change. Just as covid changed the world in the blink of an eye, we will change again. The question is, are you ready to embrace change and become an active participant, or are you going to use a lot of energy to fight, deny and resist the inevitability of change?

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to drop me an email to [email protected] or post a comment if watching on LinkedIn. Thanks for listening and until next time, don’t forget, stay curious