I hope you enjoyed your holiday season and got a chance to spend precious time with family and friends. Did you get some rest, too? Here’s to a great start on the new year with both feet firmly on the ground, with energy and passion for what you do and a crystal clear vision for the year that will bring you abundance and prosperity.
I spent some time over the holidays, as I do each year, reflecting. There was a lot of change in my life in one short year. It got me to thinking about Change.
On New Year’s Eve, my best friend and I were talking about how many changes we’ve been through this year—and how this coming year is poised to be another big year for change. As I thought more about it, I couldn’t think of a year that didn’t have a lot of change. Some good, some not so good.
My friend hates change. She looked at me and said, “I don’t know how you do it. You seem to manage change so well. I wish I could learn how to do better when things change.” I smiled and replied, “It’s a conscious choice I make.”
Life happens! It is ever changing. Sometimes the change confuses us or confounds us, and it always will help us to grow … IF we listen and learn from the change.
Change is a Good Thing: 10 Reminders
As life changes for me, it’s another time I find inspiration from the wisdom of others. As I scroll through my Facebook News Feed and read the books I love, I am often inspired by the words of people I follow and respect, like Dr. Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay. Rumi was a smart one, for sure. And there are many others … sometimes the ones I love the best are from my favorite—author unknown.
These are some of the quotes that inspire me through my own life transitions. I thought some of them might resonate with you. Some may make you think. Some may uplift you. And, some may unnerve you. My wish is that they will do for you what they are doing for me—acting as a reminder to turn wishful thinking into inspired action. If I’ve learned nothing else about change, I’ve learned that sitting still is not an option. The change will hold me back if I don’t consciously choose to move with it.
Just for the fun of it, I’ve shared my own comments by each one … my interpretation or just a thought. I’d love to hear from you—which do you wholeheartedly agree with? Which are you vehemently opposed to? Got a favorite?
“Change is the only constant.”
An oldie but a goodie; a truth bomb!
“All appears to change when we change.”
~ Henri Frédéric Amiel
By definition, if things around us are changing and we are accepting of it, then we must also be changing, right?
“Every new day is another chance to change your life.”
~ Author Unknown
Whether we like it or not. Whether we’re ready or not. It’s an opportunity if we choose to take it.
“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”
~ Albert Einstein
I believe acceptance allows us to see new possibilities. We stop fighting, relax and open ourselves to change.
“If you don’t create change, change will create you.”
~ Author Unknown
If we allow it, change can take over and make us into someone we’re not happy with. Stepping in and taking control to create the right change for us would be a better approach.
“If you focus on results, you will never change.
If you focus on change, you will get results.”
~ Jack Dixon
This is one of my favorites. Focus on the right thing and you will grow through the change, getting results.
“Some people thrive on huge, dramatic change.
Some people prefer the slow and steady route.
Do what’s right for you.”
~ Julie Morgenstern
It depends on the situation which route I choose. Sometimes I need the huge, dramatic kind of change in order to motivate me and other times, it feels much better to go slow and steady so as not to get overwhelmed.
“There are two primary choices in life:
to accept conditions as they exist,
or accept responsibility for changing them.”
~ Denis Waitley
Smart guy, this Denis. When things are not working as they exist, there’s nothing left to do but change them. Otherwise, we get stuck, just go through the motions and wallow in our own stuck-ness.
“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”
This one hits home — my comfort zone is very comfy! I do make things more difficult than necessary for myself, sometimes. When I put one foot in front of the other and step outside my comfort zone, more often than not I discover that it isn’t so bad or so hard after all. Here’s to stepping out!
“Many fine things can be done in a day if you don’t make that day tomorrow.”
~ Author Unknown
Ah, yes … procrastination. Who hasn’t mastered this at some time in their life? When change happens and we’re not sure what to do with it or about it, we often procrastinate hoping it will go away or get easier. I had a PhD in procrastination some years ago. Thankfully it’s one of the things I’ve learned to manage, so I can get things done. Now I teach time and life management.
There are so many other great words of wisdom about change that I could share—I’ll leave those for another time. Writing this blog post actually did the trick for me—I’m inspired to start my Monday and face the dragons head-on.
I’ll be keeping in mind another favorite quote from a very wise woman, Helen Keller — “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” It’s a good reminder that, as I start my Monday, I need to reach out to those who can help me slay the dragons.
I’m a big believer in support networks, coaches and accountability partners—do you have yours? As you start your week, think about who can help you move your mountains, brainstorm with you to figure out solutions and celebrate with you when you conquer your own dragons.
I hope these words of wisdom help to motivate you into inspired action!