Challenged by Change

Maceo Keeling - SCORE Member, Business Owner and Consultant. Photo: Urban News

Maceo Keeling – SCORE Member, Business Owner and Consultant. Photo: Urban News

By Maceo Keeling –

Welcome to your future!

It’s here now, and just as in the past, the big clock continues to wind into the unknown tomorrow. However, we see that change is constant.

Change is not necessarily a bad event, but we do have to recognize it while it is happening. Here are some suggestions to those of you who feel “challenged by change.”

Flexibility is key. Stay flexible in different ways so that you can roll with the punches if change is difficult. “Go with the flow,” and give yourself a chance to get in where you want to fit in! Prepare yourself by trying new things and exploring what you can do to prepare for change tomorrow. Sometimes the difference between joy and pain is just what you planned and prepared for in your life.

Take a chance! I know from experience that “Change and Chance” favors the prepared individual and the prepared mind. After all, the only thing we truly possess in the way of power is what we put in our own head: it cannot be taken away.

Be Proactive. Being prepared for different events makes change less stressful and scary. Becoming proactive enables you to influence the change instead of reacting to it. I say, “If you stay ready you don’t have to get ready!” A “readiness” state of being is when opportunity and preparedness come together at the same moment. So, when you are faced with a change that forces you to react, being versatile makes the biggest difference in your outcome.

Someone asked, “If everything and everyone is constantly changing, what is the point of trying to keep up?” While I was flattered that they thought I might know the answer, I can share that change in my life has helped me to focus on what I believe is important. That is, Change urges me to be purposeful. Change in itself expands my swagger because through it all, I am here by Faith, Mercy, and Grace.

My suggestions would not be complete if I didn’t offer an anchor in this tumultuous sea of change. Pick a church, temple, mosque, synagogue, gathering, or whatever urges you to congregate and fellowship with others. Work for it, sacrifice for it, pray for it and receive it!

Remember: “Change is Gonna Come!”

Stone Soup Communiversity

Stone Soup is bringing the Plan! Starting 01/11/2017 Stone Soup Communiversity is offering an eight-week Business/Life Planning Workshop. This is a no-nonsense working opportunity for you to construct your personal road map to goals and success. After all, if you don’t know where you are going, will you ever get there? And how will you know if you do?

The first step is to unclutter your thinking. We will do this by introducing two concepts through the exercise of “ikigai” and “kaizen.” Come out and work through your reason for being; learn how to pursue a continuous process of improvement in your life!

1/11/17 – Defining Great Outcomes (Life Plan)

1/18/17 – Mission – Vocation – Profession – Passion

1/27/17 – Presenting the plan and success criteria

2/01/17 – What’s in a Name (Business Plan)

2/08/17 – Aligning your life outcomes with your business outcomes

2/15/17 – Exploring the “5 P’s” of Business

2/22/17 – Realistic Financials and Forecasting

3/01/17 – Getting Paid

If you have questions or want to participate, come in on January 11, 2017 at 6 p.m. Let’s get started and become great together!

Call (828) 989-6999 with questions, or email


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