When you change your thinking, you change your beliefs
Change begins with the mind. Beliefs are nothing more than a byproduct of what you have thought about for long enough. Always remember this. What you believe and what you think, is a collection of continual thoughts that have formed themselves into a conviction. When you break down the process of thinking into a manageable number of steps, you reduce the risks associated with change.
When you change your beliefs, you change your expectations.
Belief is the knowledge that we can do something. It is the inner feeling that what we undertake, we can accomplish. For the most part, all of us can look at something and know whether we can do it. So in the belief, there is power … our eyes are opened, our opportunities become plain, our visions become realities. Our beliefs control everything we do. If we believe we can or we believe we cannot, we are equally correct.
When you change your expectations, you change your attitude
Your expectations are going to change your attitude. Most people get used to average; they get used to second best. The first and most important step toward success is the expectation that we can succeed.
When you change your attitude, you change your behaviour
When our attitude begins to change, when we become involved with something, our behaviours begin to change. The reason that we have to make personal changes is that we cannot take other people on a trip that we have not made ourselves.
When you change your behaviours, you change your performance
Most people would rather live with old problems than new solutions. We would rather be comfortable than correct; we would rather stay in a routine than make changes.
Even when we know that the changes are going to be better for us, we often don’t make them because we feel uncomfortable or awkward about making that kind of a change.
Until we become courageous and get used to living with something that is not comfortable, we cannot get any better.
When you change your performance, you change your life
It is easier to turn failure into success than an excuse into a possibility. A person can fail, turn around and understand their failure to make it a success.
But a person who makes excuses for everything will never truly succeed. Why they could not, should not, did not, would not, have not, will not.
When you change your excuses, you change your possibilities
When you excuse what you are doing and excuse where you are, and you allow the exceptions, you fail to reach your potential. It is impossible to turn excuses into possibilities.
- Any day we wish, we can discipline ourselves to make important changes in our lives.
- Any day we wish, we can open the book that will open our mind to new knowledge.
- Any day we wish, we can start a new activity.
- Any day we wish, we can start the process of life change. We can do it immediately, or next week, or next month, or next year.
- We can also do nothing. We can pretend rather than perform. If the idea of having to change ourselves makes us uncomfortable we can remain as we are.
- We can choose rest over activity, entertainment over education, delusion over truth and doubt over confidence.
The choices are ours to make.