One thing I’ve learned about self improvement is that you can’t change your life by reading a book, joining a gym, or attending a personal growth seminar. The cold, hard truth is that we are creatures of habit, years of conditioning, and our environment, and that our natural tendency is to continue the habits, thoughts, and reactions we’ve become accustomed to — even if they’re self defeating or counterproductive.
Although most people don’t salivate at the sound of a bell, many of us are like Pavlovian dogs, responding automatically to external stimuli and not really taking the time to adjust our conditioned responses and reflect on our behavioral patterns.
There is good news in all this though — at least for people who are willing to make a sustained effort to improve themselves and their lives. It’s not easy, but it IS worth it.
One of my favorite quotes is by the Russ Harris, the author of the book “The Confidence Gap.” I think if you can accept this truth and work with it, then personal growth, empowerment, and greater success is almost inevitable. I wrote this quote on an index card and reflect on it several times a week:
“We can choose the pain of stagnation, or we can choose the pain of growth. There is no such thing as a pain-free life.”
Another powerful saying I wrote down as a reminder has been attributed to Liam Linisong:
“A year from now, what will you wish you had done today?”
Here’s a slightly different twist on the same theme — one that’s worth mentioning:
“Do something today that your future self will thank you for!”
One additional motivational quote I’d like to add is this one, which has been attributed to American pastor Robert Schuller:
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
All these motivational quotes can literally be life changing if you reinforce them on a daily basis and resolve to approach life in a proactive rather than reactive way.
Since the fear of failure is one of the biggest enemies of success, that quote can be a powerful way to circumvent — at least for a moment– the debilitating effects of fear.
The actress Bette Davis once said “Old age ain’t no place for sissies!” While that may be especially true for the challenges of aging physically, I think it also applies to life, in general.
Whether you adopt and internalize the motto “No pain, no gain” or “Only the strong survive,” you can begin to make quantum leaps in life when you accept personal responsibility and create an action plan to rise above whatever plateau you’re stuck on.
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