A simple but profound truth: Change is mandatory.
Buddhists would say the cause is “impermanence,” and they would add that human suffering is caused by resisting it.
Scientists might say the reason is entropy, which my dictionary defines as “the degradation of the matter and energy in the universe.”
While change is inevitable, learning and growth are optional.
I am thinking about the kind of learning and growth that takes us to the edge of our comfort zone and a step or two beyond.
Some people seem to lean into such learning as if it is a part of their DNA.
Others may grow because a significant change in their personal or professional lives pushes them into it, even late in their careers or lives.
But for every person who steps up to the challenge of significant change there are others whose default settings seem to be denial and resistance.
Which begs the question: What are the internal or external conditions under which people stay the same or grow?
Commonly-cited reasons are “grit” or “resilience” or a “sense of efficacy” or a “growth orientation.”
But that doesn’t explain why some people have those qualities and others don’t.
What is your experience—what nudges you toward meaningful growth rather than entropy?