My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Change Your Life
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
Life WILL happen no matter what, but when you learn how to embrace it and welcome it, change can inspire you and motivate you to succeed in every way. Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.
All too often we find ourselves trapped in the unhappiness and bitterness of our past, which impact in turn on the here and now. If we want to make positive changes, the first step is to choose to become what we want to be. And then act on it.
A crystal clear vision inspires and energizes the path of least resistance to your goal. Your current abilities and possessions are irrelevant to you being able to start creating; that's where you're going and now you - with that empowering vision - have the energy to work through any barriers, and acquire any necessary skills and resources along the way.
As Libba Bray says, "Change happens one gesture one person, one moment at a time." And Alan Watts, "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."
And Rick Godwin: “One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain.”
Great things never came from comfort zones. Though as Carl Rogers said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Much of the time, our choice is the easy one: keep things the same. But we can change what we choose. We can choose to stop compromising, to believe in ourselves and our values, to move forward with our lives guided by our own truth. You're always one decision away from a totally different life.
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Let's face it. Change is hard. We are creatures of habit, and many of our behaviors were learned in childhood. Maybe those behaviors served us at one time, but eventually we will be called to change if we want some part of our life to be different. As someone who has been committed to personal growth and change for over 20 years, let me share with you five essential ingredients I've learned you must have to successfully make changes in your life. Continues...
Until you take responsibility, until you realize that what happens (or at the very least your response to what happens) is coming from you and NOT from anything outside of you, you can't do anything about it. Once you take responsibility, though, you can take control and make things the way you want them. Continues...
To better our position, to be able to open up our space and express our true desires, we first need to come to terms with our situation. Our true nature is an expression of love and that is the quality that we need first to rediscover in our consciousness. Before we can contribute, through our consciousness, toward peace in the world we need to make peace with ourselves. Continues...