Monday, February 22, 2010


The new topic for our future posts this spring will revolve around the idea of change.
What is your definition of change?

Check out the comments to see the different view points on change!

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  1. It’s so easy to get caught up in your day-to-day activities that only when something drastic happens do you realize that you’ve been stuck in a little bubble, unaware of the world that stands just beyond your reach. To me, “change” is anything that makes you take a second glance and realize this. “Change” is a substantial moment that forces you to reevaluate the path you have been going on and quite possibly make a new turn that you hadn’t expected. It can have either a positive or negative impact on your future, but only by persevering and going along with what happens can you find out.

  2. Change can be experienced every day; whether it be in how you dress, what you decide to do that day, or even what you eat. But I feel change can be better described as something you set out to do to better yourself or your community. One usually decides to enact change in order to make whatever they want to change better. Progress cannot be made without change.

    Many major events in history have occurred because of change; Emancipation Proclamation, The Industrial Revolution, the formation of the European Union, or even Woodstock. Our world would not be what it is today without change in it, without someone to have a driving force behind them to make that change. Change takes motivation, compassion, willingness, and the aid of others who share in that goal. Change is an important part of life, and is necessary in leadership.

    Leaders need to be able to adapt to the changes around them, and promote others to change and develop within personally. Part of being a leader is helping others realize that they can change the world around them and make it better. They have to be able to recognize how to deal with changes within a group, how to motivate a group to change, and how to lead a group to change their community. They also need to embrace change within themselves.

    Experiencing change is experiencing life, growth, and development. Change is what makes your future.

  3. Danielle Knudsen's definition of Change:

    To change is to transform from one state of thought or being into another state of thought or being. Change involves adjusting to the transformation. A person can undergo a variety of changes—change in thought, mood, personality, or even appearance, residence, lifestyle etc. Change can be either by choice or can occur without any warning. Sometimes change can be necessary to reach an important goal or the next phase along one’s path. Change can influence a person’s life immensely, or change can result a very small impact. Change can be either permanent or temporary, depending on the situation.

    People tend to deal with change in different ways; sometimes people react with an inability to cope with a change, whereas others tend to embrace change. A person’s reaction to change is often dependent upon whether it is a positive or negative change. Of course, many people may view one particular change in a variety a ways due to the difference in perspective. Sometimes change by one person could influence those around them. Leaders often act to enforce or persuade change for a positive result.

    Often when one looks into the future regarding a change, there is optimism, yet then if the change results negatively, the person tends to regard the change as a bad decision. It is important to remember to look at the change in a more widely framed view in order to assess the impact of the change for one’s future (in some cases, the change may be affecting one’s life negatively, but it may be necessary in order to reach a particular goal). This assessment of change could be either positive or negative, leading to feelings of confidence, guilt, or a variety of other emotions. Change encapsulates a very wide variety of possibilities; the effect of change could be small scale or large scale, positive or negative, significant or insignificant, all depending upon how the person undergoing the change reacts to the transformation.

  4. I believe that changes are always beneficial rather than living the same old, mundane routines. From something simple to changing your sleeping habits to changing your views on life can greatly impact your life and others around you. I believe that changes are refreshing and help you to realize new and important things that may have been difficult to perceive previously. Particularly during college, I believe students experience significant changes due to the new environment and independent responsibilities. However, change can go both ways and could also bring a negative impact into your life, thus; it is important to make smart decisions and attempt to create a greater, positive change in your life. When you want to create a new and constant change in your life, you need to dedicate and motivate yourself to fulfill that goal.