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Become a teambuilder, change agent. Change your thoughts and change your world...Learn how to change the world. Change is good.
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."
Take a leap of faith and embrace change.
As a leader, deciding to make changes is the easy part. Getting your people on board is much more difficult.
Why is that? Quite simply, change is an emotional process. We are all creatures of habit who usually resist it, and welcome routine. Uncharted waters are scary!
If you or your company is struggling with change - perhaps what you need to do is change the way you or your company are thinking about it. As Mary Engelbreit said,
"If you don't like something change it; If you can't change it, change the way you think about it."
Today I'd like to share a chapter called: Learn from Old Warwick, from our book Change is Good... You Go First w/Free Dvd , that I think illustrates this point very well.
A man was lost while driving through the country. As he tried to reach for the map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn't injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud. So the man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help.
"Warwick can get you out of that ditch," said the farmer, pointing to an old mule standing in a field. The man looked at the decrepit old mule and looked at the farmer who just stood there repeating,
"Yep, old Warwick can do the job." The man figured he had nothing to lose. The two men and the mule made their way back to the ditch. The farmer hitched the mule to the car. With a snap of the reins, he shouted...
"Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull, Warwick!"
And the mule pulled that car right out of the ditch.
The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer, patted the mule, and asked, "Why did you call out all of those names before you called Warwick?"
The farmer grinned and said, "Old Warwick is just about blind. As long as he believes he's part of a team, he doesn't mind pulling."
This story is from the play, Some Folks Feel the Rain; Others Just Get Wet.
A big part of success as a leader, will be your ability to inspire your team to get out of their comfort zones; to assure them that if you all "pull together" on a new path, that "change is good."
That's what Change is Good... You Go First w/Free Dvd is all about. It is chock full ideas to inspire, to motivate and encourage your team to move forward and embrace change.
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Sometimes in the winds of change we find out true direction
Featured in The Nature of Success, by Mac Anderson
The root for "motivation" is "move," and movement is change. Ask yourself right now...Am I moving forward, or am I standing still?
Do I have a career that I love? Am I pleased with the relationship I have with my spouse, my kids?
Do I have a healthy lifestyle? Is my energy level, my attitude, where it should be?
Is my relationship with God where it should be?
Is there a hobby, an activity I've wanted to pursue?
Truthful answers to these and other questions will tell you whether you want, or need to change. Although answering such questions truthfully is critical to begin the change process, we all know the tough part comes later. According to John Murphy in his book Think Change, the key to successful change is discipline and "reprogramming beliefs."
A cautionary inner voice will tell you not to rock the boat, to stay on the path of least resistance, but your heart is telling you otherwise.
Listen to your heart. Filter out the old static and tune in something new. Challenge your assumptions, identify and study people already doing what you want to do.
Read books and listen to tapes that will motivate you to break away from the notorious "comfort zone."
Confront your fears. When one unsatisfying day just blurs into the next - your life is begging for a change.
Comfort Zones put padlocks on the doors to growth, discovery, and adventure in your life, but three keys that will unlock those doors are discipline, hard work and faith.
Change can truly be a wonderful gift. It can recharge your emotional battery and nourish your soul. Just do it! Choose change and let it make a positive difference in your life.
Quotations about Change
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. ~W. Edwards Deming (Thanks, Michelle)
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl
Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer. ~Shunryu Suzuki
The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble. ~Henry Miller
Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine. ~Robert C. Gallagher
If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change. ~John A. Simone, Sr.
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place. ~Washington Irving
When you are through changing, you are through. ~Bruce Barton
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. ~John Kenneth Galbraith
What can we take on trust
in this uncertain life? Happiness, greatness,
pride - nothing is secure, nothing keeps.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. ~Confucius
Change always comes bearing gifts. ~Price Pritchett
The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. ~Ellen Glasgow
Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one's eternal peril. ~Laurens van der Post
Growth is the only evidence of life. ~John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua, 1864
Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~Irene Peter
Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~Faith Baldwin
The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one. ~William H. Seward
The birds are molting. If only man could molt also - his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions. ~James Allen
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. ~William Blake
Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Mutability"
You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish. ~Author Unknown
Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them. ~Marcel Proust
Stubborness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow. ~Glen Beaman
If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown
I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed. ~George Carlin
We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. ~Lynn Hall
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Charles Darwin
Change may come to you in trinkets and I hope it adorns your life gracefully. ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com
The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down. ~Jawaharlal Nehru
We would rather be ruined than changed;
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. ~Joan Wallach Scott
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. ~Ellen Glasgow
Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves! ~Andre Gide
If you want to make enemies, try to change something. ~Woodrow Wilson
After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over. ~Alfred Edward Perlman, New York Times, 3 July 1958
Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. ~Pauline R. Kezer
If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing. ~Saint Augustine
We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it. ~John Steinbeck, America and Americans
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea. ~John Ciardi
The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. ~Japanese Proverb
Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and forty-eight. ~Ezra Pound
Every beginning is a consequence - every beginning ends some thing. ~Paul Valery
It's the most unhappy people who most fear change. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
People don't change. Only their costumes do. ~Gene Moore
God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~Author Unknown
We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. ~Harrison Ford
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
No two men ever judged alike of the same thing, and it is impossible to find two opinions exactly similar, not only in different men but in the same men at different times. ~Michel Montaigne
If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. ~Kurt Lewin
Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world. Yet with the same light the moon goes on shining. ~Saigyo
Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau
Our only security is our ability to change. ~John Lilly
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. ~Bertold Brecht
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. ~Francis Bacon, "On Innovation," Essays, 1597
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. ~Francis Bacon
A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar. ~Confucius, Analects
Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of the mercury in the barometer, indicates nothing but the changeableness of the weather. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. ~Arthur Schopenhauer
When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet. ~Stanislaw Lec
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. ~George Bernard Shaw
Every Monday Matters
If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400 - with no balance carried from day to day - what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank...time.
Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can't hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it - time.
Here's a story that drives the point home.
Arthur Berry was described by Time as "the slickest second-story man in the East," truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all times. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police.
Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week.
A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, "I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn't. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don't leave out the biggest one of all... Don't just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the king of England. You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry."
Here are six terrific truths about time:
First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.
Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.
Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.
Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time...pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.
Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.
Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.
What you've just read is an excerpt from Every Monday Matters by Lewis Timberlake. This book has everything you need to energize your life - reflections, stories and quotes that'll lift your spirits and lighten your load. His insights on more than 50 topics will help you to turn your life around...one day at a time.
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