Why We Teach Transformation vs. Change
This week of Module 2 we are finalizing everyone’s intention statements. It may seem like we are nitpicking about requesting minute word tweaks, sentence structure and content formulation. This assignment helps us to support and coach you. It is also a great springboard to dive into the exercise of learning to pay attention to your words, thoughts and beliefs.
How and what we say needs to be aligned with what we do.
Let me peel back the premise of this a bit more so you can see why we go to these great lengths to lay the right foundation with the words we encourage you to use… Especially words like “create the possibility” and “transformation”.
What do you notice when you read this intention statement?
“I intend to change obsessive eating and become conscious about choosing healthy foods that are not toxic or cause me to gain weight.”
First of all, did you notice this statement talks about what is not desirable rather than what is? Stated as such, it is a reflection of the past. The focus is on changing something that is not working to get a desired outcome.
When you focus on “change” you assess a current situation and begin to think about how to make things better, easier, work better and a string of other “er” words.
By reviewing “the past,” choices and actions are prescriptive to alter the results of what has already happened.
When you choose change, your future is a revision or improvement on the past.
Both change and transformation utilize assessing the past so as not to be delusional about the future. However, choosing change emphasizes improvement upon the past, which by its very nature, implies certain constraints.
Transformation, on the other hand, directs your actions and opens the way to imagination, courage and freedom. Transformation allows for new possibilities to emerge.
Once you have a good look at past choices and consequences that have brought you to the present (ie: eating poorly in the past has accumulated to your current health and weight status), you can leave the past in the past. Each day is a fresh opportunity to make new choices that will affect your future (not your past).
Transformation asserts that our choices and actions today create our future outcomes tomorrow. Once you free yourself from the constraints of past patterns of thinking and behavior, future possibilities can be described and realized. Transformation is the process whereby you choose what it is you want to design and create for your future and you open to the possibility of inventing and implementing ways to bring it into reality. Transformation does not reference the past or make comparisons to help define the future (using words like better, easier, healthier or less toxic than). It envisions and then births something to be-come… a way to “be” that is new and coming forth.
This is an opportunity to choose to embrace a new way of thinking about things where you focus on what you want, not what doesn’t or isn’t working.
Both change and transformation embrace awareness of what led to the current state of affairs.
Embracing a clear understanding about how you arrived in the present with a detached, observing mind, will allow more clarity for what you want to create for your future.
Choosing transformation as the way to move forward frees you to put the focus on envisioning the future, allowing your intention to speak about how things shall be.
When you take actions to ensure that you live out your intentions, you walk in integrity. Every time you do that, you step closer to your transformation. Each step of integrity you practice, builds upon the next and reinforces forward movement closer to your goal. In time you will find yourself practicing unfamiliar new patterns.
The beautiful ripple of all of this is a strengthened sense of self worth and self respect.
When you LOVE the body you have, you will have the body you LOVE.
When you take the time to nourish yourself well, that will ripple out and touch those who love you as well.
A caterpillar spends time in a cocoon and comes out transformed, not a better caterpillar. The butterfly is free to fly.