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Chairman's Message

Ellen Wodiuk, CCE, ICCE
CFDD National Chairman (2017-2018)

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. …Fred DeVito

I want you to really think about this statement, if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

Change is a constant we have experienced our whole life. Our family dynamic may change, our career path may change. And we all ADAPT to change. We have become familiar with change.

But what do we do when we are challenged?

Have you been challenged to the point of being angry or mad?

Some would agree that the times we are living in are challenging. It has made American’s protest; walk for their rights, lash out on social media. Being challenged to change has motivated us to react.

Being challenged motivates us to react.

We need to be challenged to change our membership shift, to revive it, to keep it growing.

How will we accomplish this going forward? Is the challenge of how the world around us is changing motivating us to re-think our purpose and our message? If it isn’t motivating you to change, will it just fly right by?

I don’t think it has made us mad enough to REACT, it has not challenged us enough to change.

My message today is We Must Move Forward; we must be challenged enough to change.

In our jobs …We ask for money all the time, right. We dial for dollars…

I was asked to change and I have had to change; let me tell you it has been very challenging, but it has changed me. I did not feel comfortable at first; I was out of my comfort zone. Let me tell you “your comfort zone will kill you”. Not literally but I do know that PROCRASTINATION IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON AND DEADLIST OF DISEASES AND IT’S TOLL ON SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IS HEAVY.

As I lead the CFDD Team forward:

  • I will challenge each of you, I promise
  • Make you uncomfortable, in a good way
  • Get you out of your comfort zone so that we as a collective group can move forward
  • I will ASK YOU TO REACT

I am hoping that you will take this challenge to heart. I hope that it motivates you just enough to REACT and change…because IF IT DOESN’T CHALLENGE YOU, IT WILL NOT CHANGE YOU.