The True Nature of Transformation

Amar Pandit , CFA , CFP

Amar Pandit

A respected entrepreneur with 25+ years of Experience, Amar Pandit is the Founder of several companies that are making a Happy difference in the lives of people. He is currently the Founder of Happyness Factory, a world-class online investment & goal-based financial planning platform through which he aims to help every Indian family save and invest wisely. He is very passionate about spreading financial literacy and is the author of 4 bestselling books (+ 2 more to release in 2020), 8 Sketch Books, Board Game and 700 + columns.

While this is not exactly Part II of last Friday’s Nano, it does come close. However, this week, I am sharing an interesting visual by Stephanie Harrison. She writes some insightful takes in her newsletter “The New Happy.” This one is so powerful that I decided to simply share her words and the visual:

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There are no overnight transformations.

Here’s what change really looks like: having flashes of insight, forgetting what you just learned, struggling to practice, being tested in challenging circumstances, feeling like you’re taking a massive step back, and wondering if you’re going in the right direction.

You might beat yourself up for this, believing that there is something wrong with you and the way you’re approaching your goals. But there’s nothing wrong with you—this is just how change works. We change through attempts and setbacks and unlearning and re-learning.

The process in and of itself can be a great and powerful teacher, if we acknowledge it and embrace it for the natural, beautiful unfolding of our growth that it is. This is the kindest option, because the journey of change never ends: life continually gives us new chances to extend and deepen our character, to grow as people in the direction that is deeply meaningful to us. We might as well embrace the experience for what it is.