For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent. We’ve all experienced change for a moment, only to feel let down and disappointed in the end. This is the first post in this new year and i specifically decided to make it about change. I know that you have many resolutions made already but i am sorry to say that resolutions are old school and people are living a life of not keeping up to their life resolutions after a week or two. Change is hard, but the end product is forever a blessing. In fact, many people attempt change with a sense of fear and dread because unconsciously they believe the changes will only be temporary. A prime example of this is someone who needs to stop smoking, drinking or masturbation, but finds themselves putting it off, basically because they unconsciously knows that whatever pain the endures in order to create the change will bring them only a short-term reward or a feeling of inferiority and loneliness which is the main reason they are trying to avoid. For most of my life I’ve pursued and read what I consider to be the organizing principles of lasting change, and you’ll learn many of these and how to utilize them. But for a starter, I’d like to share with you three fundamental principles of change that you can use immediately to change your lives. While these principles are simple, they are also extremely powerful when they are skillfully applied. Consider the fact that, for a true change to manifest in your life, DISCIPLINE have to be a watch word.
These are the exact same changes that an individual must make in order to create personal change, that a company must make in order to maximize its potential, and that a country must make in order to carve out its place in the world. In fact, as a world community these are the changes that we all must make to preserve the quality of life around the globe. This change encompasses every aspects of human existence. Now lets get to it…. Ready, set and conquer…
Make A Decision And Raise Your Standards
Any time you sincerely decide to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I demanded to be somebody to envy and that is something that really makes me stand out in a positive, because if you envy me, you get the feelings of challenging yourself to be better. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming. Think of the far-reaching consequences set in motion by men and women who raised their standards and acted in accordance with them, deciding they would tolerate no less. History chronicles
the inspiring examples of people like Leonardo da Vinci, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Albeit Einstein, Cesar Chavez, Soichiro Honda, and many and using local examples, people like Dangote, Buhari, and the many host of others who took the magnificently powerful step of raising their standards. The same power that was available to them is available to you, if you have the courage to claim it. Changing an organization, a company, a country—or a world—begins with the simple step of changing yourself.
Change Your Limiting Beliefs
If you make a decision, raise your standards but don’t really believe you can meet them, you’ve already crippled yourself. You won’t even try; you’ll be lacking that sense of certainty that allows you to tap the deepest capacity that’s within you even as you read this. Our beliefs are like unquestioned commands, telling us how things are, what’s possible and what’s impossible, what we can and can not do. They shape every action, every thought, and every feeling that we experience. As a result, changing our belief systems is central to making any real and lasting change in our lives. We must develop a sense of certainty that we can and will meet the new standards before we actually do. Without taking control of your belief systems, you can raise your standards as much as you like, but you’ll never have the conviction to back them up. How much do you think Gandhi would have accomplished had he not believed with every fiber of his being in the power of nonviolent opposition? It all begins with total conviction and discipline to uphold what is right and letting go of what is wrong. It was the congruence of his beliefs which gave him access to his inner resources and enabled him to meet challenges which would have swayed a less committed man. Empowering beliefs—this sense of certainty—is the force behind any great success throughout history.
Become A Better Strategist
In order to keep your commitment, you need the best strategies for achieving results. One of my core beliefs is that if you set a higher standard, and you can get yourself to believe, then you certainly can figure out the strategies. You simply will find a way. Ultimately, that’s what this whole book is about. It shows you strategies for getting the job done, and I’ll tell you now that the best strategy in almost any case is to find a role-model, someone who’s already getting the results you want, and then tap into their knowledge. Learn what they’re doing, what their core beliefs are, and how they think. Not only will this make you more effective, it will also save you a huge amount of time because you won’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can fine-tune it, reshape it, and perhaps even make it better. This book will provide you with the information and impetus to commit to all three of these master principles of quality change: it will help you raise your standards by discovering what they currently are and realizing what you want them to be; it will help you change the core beliefs that are keeping you from where you want to go and enhance those that already serve you; and it will assist you in developing a series of strategies for more elegantly, quickly, and efficiently producing the results you desire.
You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. Make a commitment to make a positive change in your life and you will never be sorry that you did.