Change is the only constant in life. Change occurs in all our lives, the difference is how we accept it. Some embrace it, while others fight it. Some want to change the world.
There has been songs about change – David Bowie Changes – advertising campaigns about change – Novell’s failed ad campaign – and Presidential slogans – Hope and Change, Change You Can Believe In.
Most, if not all, discussions about change usually start with the concept of the person changing something or someone. While that sounds good, it is the wrong way to start the process of change. Change should start from within the person seeking, not in someone else or the circumstances. When we change ourselves, we are effectively changing our circumstances – by how we look at the circumstances – and others – again, by how we look at them. Since we cannot enact changes on others, we have to start with ourselves.
There are two quotes that I like regarding changing ourselves. The first is from John C. Maxwell, “If you can become the leader you ought to become on the inside, you will be able to become the person you want on the outside. People will want to follow you. And when that happens, you’ll be able to tackle anything in the world.” I think John is saying that true, lasting change starts within each of us and then shows outwardly so that others can see the change. When others see the change, you will be able to lead and influence others. At that point, you will be able to tackle anything. John is specifically using this quote in regards to leadership. The second quote is from Carl Jung, “If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.” I think in this quote, Carl is telling us that if we see something we would like to change in someone else, it could be because the person is mirroring us. Again, change should start by looking inward, not outward.
Are there things you would like to change? Have you looked inward instead of outward?
Lets change the world one person at time, starting with yourself.
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