My dear fellow Rotarians,
I have completed my first 100 days in office as your District Governor! During my official visits although the schedule is very hectic at times, but all the tiredness is worth it for I get to share my vision for our District on the need to change and to accept changes. But I must say at every club I visited so far especially the traditional clubs I am surprised that they are supportive and receptive to change!
As “Rotary Connects The World”, give us more reasons for us to pursue change and accept changes. When we try to change an organization, we try to get people to change their minds. The only way to get the change we want is to change people’s minds. And since the only one who can change a person’s mind is that person, the only way we can get the change we want is to get people to change their own minds. Failure to understand this fact leads to one of the most common error leaders make in the managing change – we act on the assumption that we can change someone’s else’s mind. As your Governor, who face the task of bringing about change through the behaviors of others should remember that if our own minds have not changed to fit the new conditions, it will be difficult to show our followers how to change theirs.
John F Kennedy said; “Things do not happen; things are made to happen”. He also said that change is the Law of Life and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. His successor Lyndon B Johnson said; “We must change to master change.” Our own founder Paul Harris said; “this is a changing world and Rotary must be prepared to change with it”.
But at the same time, a little uncertainty is good for everyone. That gives us a challenge to change for problems are our opportunities. We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. At the same time, do not find fault; find the remedy. Most of the shadows of our lives are caused by us standing in our sunshine. We must always have a positive mental attitude because having a positive mental attitude means never accepting defeat, always looking at the bright side, directing …. and getting where you want to go.
Remember that what we are today is God’s gift to us. What we do today is our gift to God.
Let us Connect to Change as ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD!
DG LIOH Cheng Lim
Rotary International District 3300 Malaysia