Sunday, February 10, 2008

Curious about Transformation: What Causes It? And Is It Worthwhile?

Definition of Transformation: (1)The act of transforming, or the state of being transformed; change of form or condition. (2) Change of one from of material into another, as in assimilation; metabolism; metamorphosis. (3) A change in disposition, heart, character, or the like; conversion.

I chose “Transformation” for this week’s blog for several reasons.

First, the business I have been involved with since summer has experienced a stunning transformation. When I joined the group, we were aligned with a well known company that, when approached with suggestions for improvements, severed the relationship. Our business has worked to put the improvements to work and tonight will be rolling out the exciting changes.

Second, I have recently read about and also experienced “ah ha” moments that trigger transformation of the ways we think and live our lives.

Third, I feel that the movie, “The Secret,” has created a transformative effect across the country. Through the media coverage, the books and those who are proponents of and users of the Law of Attraction, many attitudes and lives have been transformed.

Notice that each of the parts of the definition above use the word, “change.” We all know how difficult it is to change. And, yet, we have heard again and again that if we don’t change we will continue to have the same results over and over. If we are happy with our results, we should continue doing what we have always done. However, most of the people I know would be thrilled with a change for the better, but are afraid to try.

Have you experienced or started to work on a transformation? It may consist of different areas of your life: physical, financial, educational, family, and emotional. The great news is that if one works on transforming one of these areas, transformation will occur in other areas, too. I have witnessed this so often at the gym. When a student of mine works on losing weight and achieving a high level of fitness, the benefits color other areas.

What do the experts have to say about transformation:
  • Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.” - Marianne Williamson, American author
  • First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” - Napoleon Hill, American writer
  • Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.” - Michael W. Smith, American musician
  • Transformation literally means going beyond your form.” - Wayne Dyer, American psychologist
  • In the kind of world we have today, transformation of humanity might well be our only real hope for survival.” - Stanislav Grof, Czechoslovakian psychologist
  • History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes.” - Paul Eldridge, American educator
  • If you say, I'm for equal pay, that's a reform. But if you say. I'm a feminist, that's a transformation of society.” - Gloria Steinem, American activist

I especially like American actress, Judith Light’s quotation, “The message of transformation and how we all can live from our heart, not just from our head, was a very important message for me to learn in my own life.”

Let me hear about your work on transformation and what started it.