With today’s rapid pace of change, it is not uncommon for people to develop a bunker mentality. Their primary goal in life is to just survive. We are not only talking about middle class salaried employees who are impacted by corporate restructurings, but medical professionals who must deal with a sea change in how medical services are being delivered to their patients, as well as business owners who are struggling to stay abreast of the latest technological advances.
The unfortunate result of a bunker mentality is that it can tend to unduly focus us on preserving the status quo, rather than embracing the risk that change often requires. In short, we stop dreaming.
Whether we like to admit it or not, we have a natural need for renewal. We have the capacity to change, yet we tend to fight change. In an environment where change is being forced on us, our typical coping mechanisms may become easily compromised. In an atmosphere such as this, it is essential to not only acknowledge, but to embrace, our need for personal renewal.
Renewing ourselves can take many forms from personal improvement, enhancements to our health, adopting a new vocation or avocation or starting a small business. The important thing about renewal is that it can give us a sense of control in a world that we feel is spinning out of control.
The process of renewal begins with a personal assessment. Are you living up to your potential? Is there any happiness in your life? What types of things do you look forward to doing? Do you have enough time to do the activities that you find personally fulfilling? Questioning yourself in this manner may help you to unlock the dreams that you forgot that you had.
Aging is a fact of life, but you don’t have to “get older” if you continuously strive to renew yourself. Age is just a state of mind when you make renewal a fact of your life.