Quotes are, in my opinion, one of the most powerful forms of written expression. They can concentrate in one or two sentences, in a short play on words, the same wisdom as a long essay. Food for thought, a vitamin shot that invites you to reflect. In this article, I will highlight some thoughts on life changes.
In general, changes scare us, human beings are mostly resistant to change. Some seek them either, others accept them and there are also those who live them with resignation, but these are always associated with certain levels of stress. These little “wisdom pills” help us to face them and to normalize them. Therefore, I would like to share with you three quotes that I would chose for their contribution and for what they have helped me in my experiences.
“Whoever seeks constant happiness and wisdom must accommodate frequent changes”.
This sentence has helped me to understand the inevitability of evolution. Especially in the current time in which we have to live, the world lives a moment of continuous acceleration. It hardly seems that a few days have passed since you bought your new smartphone or any other gadget, the media already presents the new innovation.
Throughout our lives, we all have to face different changes, some will be imposed on us, others will be chosen, but what is certain is that from each and every one of them we will get something. Only he who understands this as a tool for transformation and personal development will be able to prosper.
Resisting this only causes us a frustration that we cannot handle because we cannot have everything under control, much of our environment escapes our direct influence. Acceptance is the key ally for our personal development.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn”
Although I have heard and read it many times since, one of the first times I heard this quote was at a conference by Nicolas Nassim Taleb. At that moment something in my mind clicked.
When we undertake something, we all aim to win, to achieve the goal we have in mind, our idealistic conception of success. Doubts, limiting beliefs or the fear of never seeing our dreams come true, can come up and boycott us. Sometimes, it is the fear of losing that keeps us in our positions, doing nothing and being the main threat. As Rafa Nadal once said: “the enemy is not losing, the enemy is the FEAR of losing”.
But what if we consider our actions as learning exercises? What if we relativize failure? Then this fear is transformed into something different, it becomes an experience and an opportunity, in short, an exercise of rationalization and of valuable reframing to lower our levels of anxiety and stress.
Our attitude is key to managing the results we obtain, whether they are positive or “unexpected”.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”
– Zig Ziglar
Taking the first step, starting with the blank page, makes you dizzy, doesn’t it? Well, I’m going to ask you to think of someone you admire a lot, someone who is a reference for you.
Got it? Well, that person who you consider a capable and competent person also started from scratch.
If we wait to know everything, we will never start, because we will never know everything. After all, like the title of this blog “the only constant thing is change”, there will always be something new that can make us feel obsolete or unprepared again. Our action is key.
According to the famous author Malcolm Gladwell, we need 10,000 hours to become a specialist in any field. For everything there is always an hour 1, the first hour, the blank page. Dare, persist and trust.
I invite you to share with me your comments:
What other phrases of change do you know?
What would you like to change?
Where would you start?