New beginnings are an essential component of leadership life. Indeed leadership is about creating new beginnings over and over on a sustainable basis
It is what leaders must create in times of crisis, when things need a shake up and especially when things are going well. The last category is the most neglected because when things are going very well most people become either complacent or arrogant or both. When things are going well is precisely the time to think about making changes to position the organization effectively to catch the next wave to be even more successful.
Change doesn’t always come at one in a planned and orderly fashion! There are so many events and occurrences around us that are proof of this!
What is critical in almost every case of beginning something new is to approach it from the vantagepoint of are re-inventing oneself to make the future much better than the past and how to make these new beginnings work for us.
Beginning something new is always a little strange, sometimes even frightening.
But just imagine life without regular new beginnings! Strange they may be, but they are also the essence of life. Without these beginnings there would be nothing!
Our world began with a massive new beginning……. A great deal of energy, of excitement, of newness, wide-eyed breathless newness. A creation that must have started with the tiniest seed of an idea. It turned into something truly beyond human comprehension and absolutely awesome.
Each of us started our own lives in much the same way. Imagine for a moment back to that special time when our parents held us, tiny and helpless, in their hands for the first time and in gazed on in absolute wonderment.
Our personal beginnings can be the same. They hold the promise of so much. All journeys, no matter how they start, no matter how long or short; pleasant or dangerous start with a beginning.
We need to make our beginning events of much more substance. We need to make them into events that become platforms that can sustain continual and renewable beginnings. This is the essence of positive change.
We mustn’t be prepared to change once.
We need to learn how to enjoy constant change. In this way new beginnings become the essence of life and not life threatening.
The difficult part of dealing with new beginnings is not the new, exciting, seductive part. The difficult part is learning how to unlearn the old things; the punishing paradigms of the past; the hopeless habits; the ruinous rules. Unless we learn how to unlearn these, the possibility of exciting new beginnings remains a fantasy.
The reality for us all to understand and to accept is that without dawn there is no new day, without beginning new things we basically commit ourselves to a slow and painful process of tortuous demise.
Most of us at some time or another have lain awake at night battling to sleep. The time that takes the longest to pass are those hours between midnight and sunrise. We long for first light. It seems to take so long to come. We shut our eyes and dawn sneaks up on us so stealthily that when it arrives we find it difficult to believe that it has finally arrived.
You look away and look back and there it is.
In all its glory!
Suddenly the flooding light of a new day, a new beginning is upon us. It floods us with hope, with relief. We realize that the morning sun is the symbol of hope. It is why we awake. It is the sign of all things good in the world. It represents the spreading arms of peace. It is our connection with the dark hours of yesterday.
It is out metaphor for tomorrow.
It is Life itself.
Without new beginnings there can be little hope!