How You Can Use Change To Change

In Australia, its most famous horse race, The Melbourne Cup, has again been run and won, this time by a horse from Germany named Protectionist. And this time next year most people will probably have difficulty remembering its name (unless, of course, they backed it). The race that's supposed to 'stop a nation' has undergone exponential change since it was first run in 1861. Back then, Archer earned for his connections 910 Pounds. In 2014, the prize money was $6.2 million. And there are many other changes. This year, many international horses competed, while in 1910 there was only one (Comedy King, it won, too). The attitudes of most Aussies have changed in relation to this event and tourism, hospitality, and gambling shops are just some of the many beneficiaries.

Changes of this kind in, what is, a very conservative industry, indicates that few can hope to escape this phenomenon. The toothpaste is out of the tube and there's no way of getting it back. Or, as Chad & Jeremy sang, 'Yesterday's Gone'. Even Heraclitus put his spin on the same thing when he said, 'You cannot step twice in the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on'.

If you've lived long enough, you're likely to have your favourite change story or observation. The one thing that most of these share is that nothing is to be gained by lamenting the past. Change is pretty straightforward. After all, as Woody Allen said, '90% of success is showing up'.

It's likely that most of us have our habits, or our beliefs, or our weight, or fitness level, or whatever, that we'd like to change. So, we spend time and money seeking to reinvent and upgrade ourselves and make the sought-for change. We usually fail, or course. It's tempting to take the easy way out and say, 'This is who I am. I'm going to live with it.'

Changing can be hard, but not impossible. As Epictetus said, 'It's difficulties that show what men are'. If the racing industry can do it, you can, too.

And for those gamblers who didn't back the winner of the Cup, take note of Crevantes' words of wisdom. Melbourne was unheard of when Cervantes said that, 'Fortune may have yet a better success in reserve for you, and those who lose today may win tomorrow