10 April 2009

Change does not just happen

Change requires action. That much is pretty simple. If you want change to occur, you must actually do something. You won't get a job, sitting on the sofa. You won't lose weight without changing your diet and exercising. You won't become wealthy just doing your normal job.

A second important factor is the level of effort required for change. Some change can be achieved with a small amount of effort. You want to eat healthier, so you make a lunch instead of picking up fast food. But, for the change to have a much larger impact, a larger effort is required. We marvel at people who display a tremendous effort to create change: Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King. The list is long. All displayed a tenacity beyond what a normal people would do and the fruits of that effort can be seen today.

Now I want to talk about personal change. Looking deep into yourself and seeing something that you want to change, taking the action and putting forth the effort the create that change. Many people won't take these steps and stay mired in the situation that they are currently in and become despondent.

Why is that some people can grab the bootstraps , pull themselves up and reach great heights and others cannot? One simple answer: they have internalized that need for change and told themselves there is no other option. They took a holistic approach. The change is not something that happens to them or is created by them. They are the change.

Why am I writing about this? I know someone who is dealing with this right now. They must make a life change. They must take action and it will be hard, but the rewards are great. However, they are paralyzed with indecision and fear. I can't make them change, they must make themselves change. But how to get someone to that point. I'm not sure, but will be there for them when they are ready.

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