Like the Borg mantra from Star Trek, “Resistance is Futile”, it is futile to resist change. Change is the only thing that is constant!
Observe carefully and you will see that everywhere in nature there is always at work a natural law which gives eternal change to all matter, all energy, and to the power of thought. The only permanent thing in the universes is change. Eternal, inexorable change — through which every atom of matter and every unit of energy has the opportunity to properly relate itself to all other units of matter and energy, and every human being has the opportunity and the privilege of properly relating himself to all other human beings no matter how many mistakes he makes, or how many times or in what ways he may be defeated. – Napoleon Hill in “Outwitting the Devil”
Whether you love or hate change depends on your perspective about the value of change.
When you see change as an opportunity to start over, you view it as a gift — an opportunity to create something fabulous. When change happens, it is like the game “52-Card Pickup” where all the cards are thrown into the air and fall scattered all over. When we pick them up, we have the chance to arrange them in a completely different way — kind of like the chance to rearrange our lives when we get thrown that curve ball called “change”.
If you view change as a hassle or something that has ruined your plans, then you’re likely going to dislike it quite a bit! And, you’re likely to miss the opportunity to create something new and different.
If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted. – Sir Francis Bacon
I came across this quote which caused me to stop and think.
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. – Ellen Glasgow
Here are some of my thoughts:
- Whether change is growth or movement forward depends on your perspective
- When we move “backward” (i.e. not forward), we are still in a new place — even if we are in exactly the same physical place as before, we are a different person with each new experience — when I move “backward”, it is a “new me” experiencing that “old place”
- Is it possible to change without growing? Perhaps, so, if we deny the growth
Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk. – William Arthur Ward
What does change mean to you? How do you feel about change? Do you seek out change or wish you could avoid it?
What would you like to change?
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. – Steve Jobs
Ready to change your thoughts? Here are a few books you might like which you can find either in your library or my Amazon store.
Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill & Sharon Lechter
Remember the Ice and Other Paradigm Shifts by Bob Nicoll
What are some of your favorite books? I like to expand my list – -and love to read something new!