Change with the Teachable Spirit

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Change with the Teachable Spirit

The teachable spirit embraces change as a part of everyday life even though, as the sought after element to success, it can be quite illusive.

How is change achieved?
What keeps the teachable spirit motivated to nurture change?
How can change be sustained?

Soesa Tupua demonstrating how to make a Viking ship out of three soda cans during one of his speeches at Everest College, May 2014.

Soesa Tupua demonstrating how to make a Viking ship out of three soda cans during one of his speeches at Everest College, May 2014.

Having the distinct privilege of teaching Oral Commmunications at Everest College this spring term 2014, I was able to hear a variety of speeches from the students’ perspective. Learning for the teachable spirit occurs when wisdom is spoken regardless of the source.

One particular student, Davin Montgomery, spoke on the subject of CHANGE. Appreciating the succinct description he gave, I immediately acknowledged that he had covered the basis of the subject in a manner that allowed assimilation. Stating that change occurs with the following three elements…

  • change occurs with focus
  • change occurs when it is compelling
  • change occurs with connection

…he began by asking if anyone wanted to change anything in their life or had ever experienced change.

What do you focus on? Like this picture taken in Leavenworth, Washington, June 2014, sometimes it is difficult to determine what to focus on.

What do you focus on? Like this picture taken in Leavenworth, Washington, June 2014, sometimes it is difficult to determine what to focus on.

FOCUS

What are you focusing on? Change begins when you focus on what you want. Sometimes this can be difficult when you do not know what you want. However, if you simply think of the inverse of what you have that you do not want, that should give you a clue as to the direction you would like to take.

Focusing on what you do want, riveting your mind there, and spending your time concentrating on a picture of this will assist you in arriving at your destination. Spending time on considering HOW it can be done will only derail you. Allow your subconscious mind to figure out the how. Simply FOCUS on what you want.

The ocean is compelling; I can never resist visiting, Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, July 2014.

The ocean is compelling; I can never resist visiting, Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, July 2014.

COMPELLING

Something that is compelling evokes interest, attention, or admiration in a powerfully irresistible way, inspires conviction, and is overwhelming.

Change is indeed overwhelming. Once you have identified exactly what you want, you may find that it seems impossible or is beyond what you feel you have the ability to accomplish. That is what makes it COMPELLING. You find that you cannot resist the idea of it.

Graduation with my GED students from Everest College, April 2014.

Graduation with my GED students from Everest College, April 2014.

For example, I always tell my General Educational Development (GED) students that no one wants to get the GED. What they want is much greater than that; acquiring the GED is one step in the process of obtaining their dream. This concept can be applied to any goal you have in mind.

CONNECTION

Although Davin wanted to use the word love, he chose the word CONNECTION, which better describes the association that occurs with like minded people on the way to achieving the desired change. We love many things in our life, which may not bring about the change we desire

Meeting Douglas Monene has completely changed my life and is the connection that compels me to continue making changes in my life, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, January 2013.

Meeting Douglas Monene has completely changed my life and is the connection that compels me to continue making changes in my life, with my son, Isaac Van Mechelen at Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, January 2013.

Finding the right group of people that understands us, accepts us, and supports the changes we want to make, is more compelling.

Connecting the change we desire to make with a compelling goal will help the teachable spirit stay focused. Nurturing and sustaining change happens when we connect with people that have similar goals and can help us achieve our dream.

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