Whether we realize it or not, change is the only reliable constant in modern life. Change is the rule and adaptation is the key to survival. The world is changing faster than our ability to adapt. Being conscious is how you thrive in a world of change. Healthy Companies CEO Bob Rosen describes the power of the chameleon in his new book CONSCIOUS: The Power of Awareness in Business and LIfe.
Evolutionary forces created an incredible paradox in the chameleon. It is one of the slowest and also one of the fastest animals in all of nature. In spite of their sluggish exterior, the chameleon possesses the world’s fastest tongue. While standing on a tree branch and moving just centimeters an hour, its’ tongue springs upon prey with amazing swiftness.
Chameleons also developed eyes that are fully independent, giving them 360-degree visibility around their bodies. Their eyes have the highest magnification of any vertebrate, while also enabling them to see in all kinds of light.
They are most well-known for their ability to change color, their base color being camouflage and enabling them to ambush prey as they sway in the breeze.
Comfortable in their Own Skin
Most of us don’t like being called a chameleon. To us that signifies devious, manipulative, or dishonest behavior. But maybe it’s time we become more conscious of the chameleon’s true place in the world. Comfortable in its own skin, showing true colors, seeing in all directions. The chameleon can teach us what it takes to adapt and thrive in a constantly changing world.
Are You Prepared for Acceleration and Change?
Many of us are not prepared for nor do we anticipate change. Some of us respond to change like we are in a burning house, running around putting out fires. Others act on autopilot as new challenges confront us daily. We get hijacked by outdated ideas, misguided values and polarizing relationships. We face uncertainty with fear and mistrust. We get stressed out, burnt out and do not perform optimally or to our highest potential.
Like our chameleon friends, we must rely on our unique assets to guide us in our next phase of transformation. With just enough urgency, resilience, and curiosity, you can activate your mind to adapt. This requires transforming yourself in an increasingly accelerating and disruptive environment.
The Path to Conscious is Paved with Disruption
The path from clueless to conscious is paved with disruption. In life and business, we are all looking to move forward and contribute to the world. The more conscious we are, the faster we adapt, and the higher performing we become. But, the going isn’t easy. The road is littered with jolts of uncertainty and sometimes massive speed bumps of disruption. Conscious is our wake up call – to be awake, aware, and accountable and to channel your inner chameleon to face the winds of change.