Your Why – Constant Change, Constant Growth

By Colin Scotland

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."

Alan Watts

Have you ever felt lost about your purpose? Like the path you're on doesn't quite fit anymore? If so, you're not alone. In this episode of my podcast, Thrive and Serve, I share my journey to discovering that our sense of purpose is constantly evolving—and that's okay. In fact, it's a beautiful opportunity for growth. Let's explore how to embrace change, find fulfillment, and amplify your impact on the world.

Key Takeaways

  • Change is inevitable: My own "why" has shifted dramatically over the years. Realizing this is a natural part of life can be liberating.
  • Embrace Impermanence: Clinging to how things "should" be leads to suffering. It's when we accept the flow of change that we find peace.
  • Mindset is Key: How I react to events completely shapes my experience. I can choose to be overwhelmed or see growth opportunities.
  • Growth and Exploration: My purpose has unfolded through everything from martial arts to business to the world of AI. Yours can, too!
  • You have power: My reactions and choices determine how I navigate change and experience my "why." The same is true for you.

My Evolving Why

Years ago, my business failed, leaving me feeling lost and driven by fear. Yet something profound happened while I was teaching a struggling young student martial arts. Seeing the light in his eyes when he finally nailed a move sparked something in me—a desire to help others realize their potential. This became my new guiding star.

After my business collapsed, my driving force was fear – fear of scarcity and fear of failure. Everything I did was an attempt to regain control. But amidst that struggle, I found a flicker of purpose. Watching a young martial arts student finally achieve a difficult move ignited a desire to facilitate those "aha!" moments for others. This desire became my new guiding star, eventually leading me beyond martial arts into business and personal growth.

I still want to see "that light" in people's eyes, but my focus has evolved. I aim to help others unlock their potential, find fulfillment through their work, and amplify their impact through tools like AI and effective marketing. My "why" at the core remains the same, but its expression has shifted to align with my growth and changing circumstances.

The Power of Mindset

Think of the difference in your reaction to encountering a butterfly vs. a rattlesnake. The events are neutral; it's our minds creating joy or fear. This understanding grants us the power to choose how we respond to life's inevitable changes consciously.

The rattlesnake vs. butterfly analogy offers a simple yet profound illustration of how our mindset shapes our reality. Both are creatures going about their lives, but our internal programming creates wildly different reactions. The same is true of our goals, dreams, and reactions to change.

When we cling to expectations or how things "should" be, any deviation causes distress. But when we embrace impermanence, we open ourselves up to growth. Instead of being a victim of change, we become active participants. Can I guarantee I won't still jump if a rattlesnake appears in my office? Absolutely not! However, understanding this principle gives me the tools to choose a more empowered response in the moment, which extends to every area of my life.

Next Steps

  • Share: If this message resonated with you, please share it with someone who needs this reminder today.
  • Reflection: Think about how your own purpose has evolved. Are there areas where you still cling to how things "should" be?
  • Action: Take one small, intentional step towards your current sense of purpose. What brings you that spark of joy or fulfillment? Dedicate even just a few minutes to it today.

Remember, your purpose isn't a destination but a journey. Embrace the evolution and watch your life unfold with more meaning than ever before.

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