He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson
We humans are a peculiar species. With all the abilities, intelligence and skills we are gifted with, many of us still regress and do many destructive things. At times, who we frequently consider to be stupid and far less intelligent than us do things that astound us. But yet, we stand tall in arrogance and pride, shrouded in our inflated egos and live in denial and continue to label ourselves and superior and intelligent than others while our actions prove otherwise.
You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. ~ Zig Ziglar
The problem with us is that we know everything we need to do, but often do nothing about them. We know about what is the right thing to do and what not to do. But we yet, choose to do exactly the opposite. We know over eating and lack of exercise is harmful, yet we indulge. Smoking kills, yet we chose to smoke willingly. Alcohol is a depressant, yet the first thing many do when depressed is to hit the bottle. The list is almost endless. We lie, cheat, speed, hurt others, degrade ourselves and try to hide our ignorance with our arrogance with full knowledge and understanding of its consequences and often against our conscience, do things against our sensibilities, morals, principles, values and at times against basic humanity.
All know the way; few actually walk it. ~Bodhidharma
What truly makes us different and successful from others who live such lives is when we wake up and take immediate action to stop what we are doing and make the much needed change. Although, we as intelligent people, realize where we are going wrong and what needs to be done to stop it, that lack of serious and immediate action towards making the change leads us to destruction. The key words here are not realization or change, but immediate action! To seize and deceits! We have trust and learn to use our intelligence, courage, will power and desire to wake immediately and make the change to become better and progress towards positive living. We need to regularly take serious steps towards being self critical in constantly finding ways to become better people, succeed, and achieve greater things in life.
With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. ~ Dalai Lama
Mediocrity and lack of efforts towards positive change will always get us the same old life of bitterness, anger, rage, guilt, and sadness. If you do not change anything, you will only get deeper into the quick sand you have got yourself stuck in. But another most important part of change is the realization and the need to take immediate action and to do it now! The Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and many successful people in this world achieved success only because they realize that they had to act now and immediately on thier desires and plans. Many great and successful people achieved their goals because they not only knew what to do, but they took immediate and timely action towards achieving their goals in life. Procrastination has never been a friend of change, but immediate action is what make things happen. And procrastination always breeds excuses. But if we try to find an excuse to make a positive change, we will find many. Courage, righteousness, principles, morals, smartness, hard work, humility and turning things around are the words attributed to several stories of success, not procrastination, laziness, arrogance, denial and excuses.
A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. ~Washington Irving
Be it reducing your weight, eating healthy, adapting a healthy lifestyle, quit smoking, stop cheating, stop hurting others and your loved ones, forgiving someone, or even taking a carrier or relationship decision, DO IT NOW! Not tomorrow, the coming Monday, after this weekend, or the next time you meet the person you are going to express your gratitude to. It is now! Pick up the phone, put down your fork, step out for a walk, work on that project, prepare for your test or presentation, work on your success, and do it now. There has never been any most opportune time for change. IMMEDIATE ACTION towards positive change needs to be NOW! This very moment!
Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it. ~Zig Ziglar