“Transformation” – Fad, Fiction or Factual?
Each season of natural life has it’s own jargon. Words and phrases that associate with something folks consider important and valuable in life.
One popular phrase in the coaching industry is “be the best version of myself”. Since Simon Sinek wrote his blockbuster personal growth/business book “Start With Why“; oodles of folks use the same phrase to capture audience attention and I assume to piggy-back on a very learned and successful fellow for whom ‘start with why‘ is his authentic signature!
After reading my Facebook news feed earlier this week, I’m convinced that a new word is becoming the word of the season for at least the personal growth community; if not the entire spiritually-minded population. Makes sense that spiritually-minded folks would latch onto “transformation” since it’s a cornerstone of Paul’s writing in the book of Romans, most specifically Chapter 12, verses 1 through 5.
“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind!”
Or as the New Living Translation frames it: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you which is good and pleasing and perfect.
What Does It Mean?
The online dictionary says the word transform means the following:
- to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose.
- to change in condition, nature, or character; convert
Transformation is simply the process or act of transforming! For short, transformation is the act or process of change – in appearance, structure, condition, nature or character. Not too difficult to realize that transformation has to do with a conversion. A change of heart, mind, soul and will! A change that is accordingly ‘radical’ and results in a dramatic change that is noticeable to those who have known us before such change occurs.
Say More. . .
Transformation is usually associated with spiritual matters. St. Paul says that transformation occurs as we renew our minds. In other words, as God’s Spirit interacts with our spirit; we begin to think differently about earthly desires and focus on matters of the Spirit which is ‘pleasing to God’! We begin to see things from God’s perspective rather than our human viewpoint.
What I’ve come to learn is that transformation is the word of choice for a generation of purveyors of personal and professional growth. In other words, use such and such a product; or read such and such a book, and experience an amazing transformation in your life – be it personal, business or professional. One biggie is if we will just change our way of thinking about money; we’ll become a multi-millionaire – almost overnight some say!
In other words, almost any condition of life can be magically transformed by applying this product or service. While such claims may be true; the purveyors fail to inform us of the following facts before we plunk down a chunk of change for the change they offer for sale!
The Transformative Truth
Here’s what I’ve learned about ‘transformation’ that is fairly obvious, but over time we forget:
- Transformation of any kind is never easy. . .
- Transformation never occurs quickly. . .
- Transformation is most often painful. . .
- Transformation is designed to be painful. . . (“no pain ~ no gain”)
- Authentic transformation is a life-long process. . .
- Most things in life identified as “transforming” or “transformative”, are anything but. . .
- Authentic transformation is an inside job; and occurs from the inside-out. . .
- Affirmative transformation may set us at odds with our circles of influence. . .
- Most “transformation” is not authentic. . .
- Authentic transformation will, at some point, be obvious to those who know us best. . .
- Authentic transformation leaves an indelible mark on us – personally and spiritually. It may also impact our professional lives, most often for good. . .
- Truly successful folks have experienced some kind of authentic transformation at some point in their lives. . .
- Most folks fail to permit authentic transformation to occur in their lives. It hurts to do so!
Is It A ‘Fad’?
Short answer – yes! It is the word of choice for many in this season of life. Especially marketers selling personal and professional growth.
Everyone has a gimmick. While their gimmick may have some value; it will not produce the kind of change that is authentic. Authentic transformation is the prerogative of our Heavenly Father. It is deep, dark and dangerous to those fearful of becoming the best version of who they are designed to be!
The Real Truth About Transformation!
The real truth of transformation is a two-edged sword. It is the leading to water we won’t drink. I can purchase any product deemed to be ‘transformative’; but if I don’t apply it, it’s worthless.
Too often we do just that. It’s not the fault of the purveyor no matter how sleezy the sales pitch if I don’t meet the sales pitch half-way. I’ve heard many women complain they purchased such and such product but it didn’t live up to the hype. However, when pressed further; I discovered they hadn’t even opened the product or tested the hype!
Let me make the following suggestion for our consideration:
- Let transformative opportunities come our way.
- If we purchase the opportunity; apply it and then let time be the test of the hype.
- Choose wisely. Seek input from trusted, wise friends and advisers.
- Trust that Papa GOD will bring transformation to our door when we ask and are ready to receive it.
- Make sure to meet the opportunity half-way and put 100% effort and desire into it as we pray for the outcome we want!
Linda S. Fitzgerald, M.S.Ed, CEO & Visionary Partner
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