How Do You Change?
One of the easiest ways is to become inspired. When you are inspired, you change. You grow. You become more than who or what you previously were. Inspiration is the spark that often sets off positive change in your life. As Bo Bennett said, “Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-activation.” The best way to do this is to become inspired by those people and things you see around you.
Why do we need inspiration so much? Because change is hard. It is so hard, in fact, that most of us will fight it when it appears in our lives. Have you ever resisted change? If you have, you are not alone. Most people would rather maintain the known and comfortable status quo than embrace change. This is not surprising, because in most cases change is hard work! However, nothing ever grows or becomes better without change. Therefore, we know we need to change, but we may not feel that the effort is worth the reward. Inspiration changes that.
When we are inspired, we see that others do things better, faster or more effectively than we do. We watch someone do something that we know is not easy, even if it appears that way. As we watch, we say to ourselves, “I want that for myself. I want to be able to do that.” This is the beginning of true change.
Ask anyone who has ever accomplished a big goal how she did it and you will most likely find the answer lies in some type of inspiration. You will probably hear a story of some type that focuses on a moment when that person saw something that made her decide she wanted to do that for herself. When she did, inspiration motivated her to make the changes she wanted and she found the strength to continue the hard work necessary to do so.
Remember, you can never rely solely on the things you know and do well. Be inspired by the people around you and you will find that you are ready to take on any challenge!
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I Know How Easy It Is To Let Setbacks Take Control And Discourage You As You Move Forward In Life.
After all, there is a reason they are called “setbacks”! However, dealing with disappointment is one of the hallmarks of being an adult and being mentally healthy. In fact, the way we deal with disappointment says a lot about our level of maturity and our overall success.
“Discipline my disappointments” is my mantra. The word “discipline” means to teach. In other words, I must make every disappointment a learning experience. If I can do that, I am on my way to success. Richard Branson said, “A setback is never a bad experience, just another one of life’s lesson.” If you can harness the power of that kind of teaching, you cannot help but grow as a person, as a woman, as a business woman and as an adult.
That is not to stay that this type of learning is easy! Growth is always hard. If you have ever watched a tiny plant struggle from seedling to glorious bloom, you realize that there is a tremendous amount of energy that is expended in that growth. The same holds true with us as humans; times of growth require tremendous energy and work.
Growth may also involve pain. I never learned anything at all from the things I did right the first time; instead, my mistakes and setbacks are when I learned the most about my own level of strength and my own ability to overcome. During the times I was afraid, confused or angry, the most powerful lessons of all were right before me. Had I turned away, I would never have benefitted from that growth opportunity. Instead, I have made it a habit when setbacks occur to examine them closely and ask myself, “What am I supposed to learn here? What lesson is this setback teaching me?” Sometimes the answer is not pleasant, but it is always informative!
Be sure to learn from setbacks and disappointment, and then move on. Do not stay mired in a setback, even if it is educational. Instead, learn what there is to be learned, then keep moving forward with your goals. You will be amazed how much growth you can achieve!
Walt Disney once said “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Now there is a man who had a can-do attitude!
Those who accomplish great things have a can-do attitude.
When we look at our dreams, many of us say we can’t do this or that because of time or money or some other frivolous excuse. The fact is that you CAN do what it takes to make your dreams come true and reach your goals if you believe you can.
Have you ever herd the saying “dreams don’t work unless you do”? This is absolutely true. We must be willing to work for our dreams, do whatever it takes to reach them. If you plan to be successful in all that you do, you must never say can’t. Where there is a will there is a way and you must be more willful than the obstacles that intend to make you quit.
Stop playing by others’ rules, and stop comparing yourself to others. Stop thinking in negatively about why you can’t do something and instead start thinking positively about how you can make things work on your own terms, using your skills and abilities.
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