This article on the challenge of being a catalyst that I wrote as my column for the Negros Chronicle newspaper was the topic for our discussion yesterday evening in our Metro Mla So. Regional Sr. Leaders Action Group Meeting. The discussion focused on “how can we be catalysts in our respective chapters in the BCBP”. The discussion was so enervating, relevant, and lively that the group requested that I post it on the BCBP Portal for the use of other action groups. Nancy R. Catan
Listening to the President’s SONA I was struck by Pres. Noynoy’s repeated insistence that each one of us has a role to play, that each one of us must do his/her part in bettering our nation’s integrity and performance. In other words, he challenged each one of us to be a catalyst, a person who takes the initiative to make things happen, who precipitates change.
In chemistry, a catalyst increases the rate of reaction. In real life a catalyst senses things others might not see or be aware of. A catalyst recognizes ways to turn a difficulty into an opportunity. A catalyst sees a challenge for growth in every problem, instead of just focusing on the problem. As a catalyst, one can make a positive, dynamic difference to self and to others.
One characteristic of a catalyst is his/her intuition in recognizing an opportunity that can, with some effort and determination, result in good. Catalysts communicate and inspire the people around them to aspire for greater things in life.
They are passionate about what they want to do and about what they want others to do. Their enthusiasm is contagious, infecting everyone they come into contact with. Not only do they have such a passion that inspires, they are more than willing, able, and unafraid to lead the way in working toward their goal.
Catalysts are talented and creative. They aren’t content with imitating, they do things others wouldn’t think of doing. They delight in envisioning new and different ways of doing things. They initiate action, always with dynamic progress and betterment for all in mind.
Most of all, catalysts take responsibility for making things happen, for precipitating change. They are generous with their time, talent and resources, and usually end up as leaders, entrepreneurs or team captains. They are the ones who leave strong footprints in our lives, and fingerprints on our character.
A catalyst is never content with his/her comfort zone but always looks for a more challenging place to be. A catalyst can make the difference in one’s life transforming it from merely existing in a meaningless, but comfortable vacuum, to being able to stretch one’s abilities to capture new horizons. A catalyst helps others become catalysts.
I believe that this is what Pres Noynoy’s challenge is about: in order to bring about proper order and progress in Philippine society and nation, each one of us must be a true and dedicated catalyst … in our personal, family, and community life. The future begins with us, begins today.
I should know about catalysts … I married a true catalyst, Jun Catan, a Filipino from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, who has thoroughly catalyzed, or should I say, catanized, my life enabling me to be more than I had ever thought I could be. He continues to encourage me to become, in my own small way, a catalyst, too.
If you think you are not a catalyst, then get to know one. Allow yourself the opportunity to grow. Respond to the President’s challenge! Become a change agent, a catalyst. Begin today in your own spheres of influence. You will never regret it!