I had a wonderful friend visit with us for a couple of days during the summer, and during a gathering with some dear family, she introduced herself as a catalyst to the group. Since then, the word, catalyst, has been percolating within me.
Who is a CATALYST?
They are the ones who bring meaning to our lives, who happen to inspire, who spark a fire that we carry with us for the rest of our days, who are but pillars of hope and sometimes sacrifice, life-changers, life-savers, catalysts.
— Chirag Tulsiani
A catalyst allows us to raise the standards and look beyond the status quo. He or she allows us to get uncomfortable, consider things differently, stir the calm waters so we may delve a little deeper within ourselves and our current situations. The catalyst is not there to answer all the questions which can be frustrating for many, but instead the catalyst asks many questions.
Often, as a Life and Career Coach, this is how I identify my role within the lives of my clients. I can not make them do anything that they don't want, but I can be the one to ask the questions that could spark change. I am also able to provide encouragement, accountability and focus to the changes that they decide to make. In the end, real change only occurs when a person is ready and willing to take the first step.
So, who is your CATALYST?
Who is in your life that you have welcomed to encourage, challenge, motivate, and spark a fire within you?
Take some time to consider who that might be. Without those special catalysts, we become stuck, in a rut, and living without a challenge to take one step beyond our comfort zone.