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Qualities of a Change Agent

It seems like more and more people want to give back, volunteer, feel as if their work matters and that they are making a difference. For some, they want to create change in their community, in their school, in the workplace and for others, they want to change something on an even bigger level. This notion of being a “change agent” is open to anyone, at any age, from anywhere. There are no entry requirements. What I have found, however, is that these people do share a certain set of qualities and character traits that they embody. Here are 10 qualities of a change agent. 1) They don’t ask for permission and they don’t seek approval Being a change agent often means creating something from scratch or doing something that hasn’t been done before. People may question you, say it’s not your nature, be threatened or let you know why it won’t work. So what you can do is to create a healthy boundary and remember you’re not doing this to get approval, but to inspire and manifest change. 2) They are open minded. Anything is possible for a change agent. You don’t want to cling to being right, to your previous knowledge or ...

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Parenting Kids Through Times of Change

We live in transitional times. Each of us is affected by change, whether it be a job change, a relationship change, a financial change or even a health-related change. Kids feel these changes, too. They witness them closely. For example, often they are involved in the case of a divorce, a death or a move. I’ve found a few insights that can really make a difference when parenting children during these types of life events. Plus, my personal belief is that teaching them about change is one of the most fundamental life skills to impart to them to be prepared for the years when they’re growing up. Parents need to get comfortable with change, then your children will be comfortable, too. Kids are a lot less fragile through change than their parents are. Kids often simply reflect how you are feeling, so if they are acting out, it’s because you may have some emotions that aren’t being expressed. If they are anxious, it’s because you are, too, at some level. Think about it, at any moment, you are either being a warning or an example for your kids, how you eat, how you communicate, how you behave, everything you do. They see ...

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Speaking at Google

I was invited to speak at what Google calls "Author Talks" in their headquarters in Mountain View, California. I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I wasn't a little nervous. Speaking in public can still bring up all sorts of fears; fears of being good enough, fears of being liked, fears of being heard, fears of being vulnerable, fears of being in control, fears of getting my message through, fears of remembering what to say....you name it. I've learnt over the years of me speaking to do a fair amount of inner work around all this which allows me nowadays to feel strong when I am invited to speak. Mainly it comes down to getting out of my own way and focussing on the audience, how to help, how to contribute, having a conversation, just being myself. I've also learnt not to try to be perfect, not to compare myself to all the other polished speakers and especially to realize that there really is no fear in speaking. Its the mind that makes up all these scenarios. Its an amazing feeling to really feel in flow, to feel you are 'being used' by the Divine, that something is speaking through you. Very often before i go ...