Let’s not wait for someone else to notice, to initiate, to fuel. Let’s not be afraid to be that somebody who makes that change. Let’s not feel powerless, because there is always a way to start something, to add something, to be something. We are no less capable, confident or prepared than any other. Our act might seem simple and insignificant, but that is how any change starts: with a question, with an appeal for help, with a shift in our own perspective, with an idea, with a calling out of another, with time. I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realised, I am somebody.
Change is terrifying, testing, and inevitable. But it is also essential, beneficial and awesome. Here’s a few reasons why:
- We are challenged to experience new things. Most of us are afraid of change because it is so unknown and ultimately out of our comfort zone. But where’s the sense of adventure, curiosity and wonder in staying in the same place? We are given the opportunity to explore more of the world and its array of colours through change.
- Along with our new experiences, we grow as a person; we learn not only about the situations we are put in, but also about ourselves. We might make mistakes, but they are never wasted, because we are always taking in what we should do better next time, how to approach different situations and how to adapt.
- Life will progress with change. Without being able to experience or learn anything new, we would never be able to see the flaws in ourselves or the world. And without change, we would never realise that impossibilities can become possibilities, that limits are only figments of the imagination, that what we know now is only a snippet of what we can know. Without change, we would never be able to start again or improve. Change means that we can become whoever we want to be and create a world that we want to see.
It’s so discouraging to hit a low point in any aspect of our lives, whether in relationships, in a project, in our work, in our goals, especially when we know we’ve been putting in the effort and time. It’s like we’re running uphill but going nowhere or desperately trying to find land but stuck in the middle of the sea. But let’s not give up. Even if we have to walk, crawl, float, take a breath, we mustn’t give up, because we are getting closer and closer. With each step, we’re covering more ground, we’re getting better, and we’re figuring out what will and won’t work. With each step, we’re moving forward, even if we feel like we’re going backwards or around in circles. Don’t stop now; what you’re looking for might just be round the corner.
The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens.
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There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
W. Clement Stone
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We are our strongest when we are self-aware. When we are self-aware, we stop pretending to be who we are not. When we are self-aware, we can see our flaws, accept them and grow from them. When we are self-aware, we can optimally adapt to every situation, defeat our fears and triumph with humility. I’m not suggesting we become obsessed with monitoring or overanalysing ourselves, but we can learn a little more about who we are everyday and evolve into the person we want to become everyday. Don’t be afraid to know that person. Don’t be afraid to be that person. When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.
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Taking a risk and stepping outside our comfort zones can be the roots of something extraordinary. Let’s not be afraid. Let’s just get out there and do something.
Although our differences by definition are said to separate us, they in fact bring us together in a number of ways. Here are a few reasons why our differences are awesome:
- What separates us helps us grow – from our differences to other people, there is an wealth of learning material to be gained from how other people live, interact and react, by observing people’s strengths and mistakes when faced with certain situations. Another’s achievements and assets raise our expectations of ourselves and our desire to be better.
- What separates us broadens our perspectives – to make something more successful, to power progress, to establish peace and love in the world, we need different perspectives. Sometimes our viewpoint is too blind on its own, but coupled with others, it is powerful. And so, what separates us also binds us into a common vision.
- What separates us gives us abundance – life would be monotonous and boring if we were all the same. But when we all excel in different ways and travel different walks of life, life is full of new ideas that we will all benefit from, whether we just appreciate them, use them, or want to model them. No path will ever be the same, but it has been created by all those who stood at a different point, at a different time, and in a different way.
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It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences. – Audre Lorde