Friday in the UK something dramatic happened: the people voted to leave the European Union. I’m not going to talk today about whether this is good or bad or what could happen as a result. I just want to talk about the facts today. While it wasn’t a large majority, a majority of voters in the UK clearly stated that they are unhappy with how things are. I had talked prior to the vote with someone who was passionately campaigning for the “leave” group. They wanted my insights on things they could do to spread the word about why they believed leaving was the right thing to do. Whether you agree with how the vote resulted, or not, it’s very clear that people want change.
I know we talk a lot about change here and whether we really want change and how motivated for change we are or aren’t. Sometimes we’re not really enthusiastic about change and making it happen, so we let things slide for a while. But there comes a point in time for most of us that we reach a tipping point that we just can’t take it anymore and change isn’t really a choice anymore, it’s a must. When given the opportunity to say so, the people of the UK stood up and said that it is time for change.
I don’t know where you’re at in your life right now, but most of us could benefit from some changes in our lives. We’d be better off going to bed sooner, exercising more, eating better, choosing better relationships or saving a little more each month. The question is are we really desiring of the benefits we’ll gain from the change (or sick enough of what we’ve been going through) to make the change?
Time will tell if the vote to leave the EU was a good choice or not. But what I hope we all take from the vote is that it’s OK to want change, and it’s important to be brave enough to step up and say that you want that change. Will you choose to step beyond the reality that is your life this week and into a better reality, or will you let things continue as status quo?