We can change
"What would you most like to change about yourself?" My answer to this question is very clear: I would like to be more patient - for example when the children are dawdling or the supermarket checkout is not moving fast enough. And a little neater. If I compare my desk to that of some of my colleagues, I still regularly have chaos, which I at least hope is creative.
A person's personality can change over the course of a lifetime, as research shows. I can see that in myself too: as a child I was shy and didn't like standing in front of the assembled class or getting in touch with people of my own age who I didn't know. Today, on the other hand, I no longer mind giving lectures in front of an audience or moderating discussions.
Looking back, I can hardly say how I managed to do that. Personal maturation with age certainly played a role, as did the encouragement of family, lecturers or superiors. One thing is certain: I am not alone in my desire for a targeted change in my self. In surveys, 85 to 95 percent of people would like to change at least some of their characteristics, as my colleague Liesa Bauer writes in her article on personality change (from p. 12).
Small measures can already have a big effect: if you want your home to be tidier, for example, you should concentrate on a small area of your home every day and create order there - instead of getting lost in the big picture, which then ultimately demotivated.
So you see: change is possible! With that in mind, I'm now going to try to pile up significantly less paper on my desk.