During my time as an undergrad Biology student at the University of Puerto Rico, I worked in a Developmental Biology laboratory studying lens regeneration in newts
(Notophthalmus viridescens). Check out the photo below.
Lens regeneration in newts is a fascinating process. When the lens is removed, it regenerates in 35 days. The lost tissue is replaced by adult cells in the dorsal iris that
transdifferentiates into a brand new lens.
So, what’s transdifferentiation? It is the change of a cell type in a tissue or organ into another tissue or organ.
Fast forward to 2020. This memory suddenly came to mind. As I reflected on it, wondering why it had suddenly come to my awareness, I had an “aha!” moment.
I began my intentional growth journey in 2019. For years I had focused on my professional development while ignoring my personal development.
My mentor Paul Martinelli often says, “Isn’t it interesting?” I asked myself this question and began a deeper reflection.
Isn’t it interesting that as an undergraduate student I worked in a laboratory studying lens regeneration?
Isn’t it interesting that 23 years later, I am working on my personal growth and development?
Finally, isn’t it interesting that I have been going through my own process of transdifferentiation?
In my process of transdifferentiating, I have:
- Changed old beliefs into new beliefs.
- Designed my life.
- Changed negative thoughts into positive thoughts.
- Changed negative attitudes into positive attitudes.
- Changed old habits into new habits.
- Reprogrammed my mind.
So, my question to you is, how are you transdifferentiating on your own personal growth journey?