Welcome The Chaos

The Need For New explained the driving reasons that you need novelty and change in your life. You need variety. With change and variety also comes chaos and that’s okay. It’s actually needed. Welcome it.

A Belgian physicist, Ilya Prigogine won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1977. Through his research and work he taught that we grow, develop, or evolve as humans in direct proportion to the amount of chaos that we can handle in our lives. What this means is that the strongest systems are those that can withstand the introduction of great amounts of chaos without breaking down or malfunctioning.

Don’t fear chaos in your life, but instead embrace, welcome, and even be grateful for it. The chaos that you have in your life only proves that you are growing. Chaos requires flexibility and adaptation to survive.

According to Prigogine, there is constantly new energy that enters any system as well as old and expended energy exiting. For you this could be in the form of relationships, jobs, living situations, or your business. If more energy (or chaos) enters a system faster than the system can dissipate it, the system either breaks down or it adapts. When it adapts, a new level of capability and capacity is reached. You can breakdown or you can breakthrough.

This is a great example of chaos… Imagine that you are running a business that becomes and overnight sensation and a success. All of the sudden you don’t have enough employees, your data network and severs can not handle the new user loads, and the phones are constantly busy due to a great excess of calls coming into the company.

If changes are not made and if your company does not adapt, you will not be in business long. But if you hire more people, improve your networks and servers, get more phones, and do whatever else is necessary to accommodate the new demands you will survive. The chaos forced you to up your game, go to a new level of functionality, to make a giant leap forward.

Chaos can be messy but it is also a huge catalyst for your growth and development in life. Think of all the times in your life when you were overwhelmed and did not know how you could manage. Did any of those times or situations happen to just end up becoming your new-normal?

You are designed to grow, to learn, and to evolve. I challenge you to recognize and even welcome chaos as a necessary function of life.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado


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