September 4th, 2008 at 4:07 pm
anything can inspire change. looking at the right random object. noticing a theme in a movie or tv show. conversations. books. illness, death, and even birth.
but whether or not we decide to ACTUALLY change is up to each person. I can want to change. I can TRY to change. but that doesn’t mean I will. there has to be EFFORT and AMBITION.
Personally, what inspires change in myself is realizing my own potential and wanting to achieve it. but attaining one’s own potential is like constantly dividing. you can get closer and closer and closer to the ultimate goal, but it’s nothing more than an ideal situation. ideal is never met. ideal is utopia (if you will). I want to be the best I can. this is why we all learn. when we stop learning, we stop growing. stopping growth is to stop yourself from going up in the world. then you’re just stuck.
I want to change to prevent getting myself stuck in life. not just my skills, but also ethically/morally, spiritually, and socially.
what do I want to change in myself, specifically? everything. not a total change, but more like improvements. more ambition, being less lazy, noticing more in life that I’m missing out on. things like that. oh yeah. and getting into shape. 😛
I found this post to be really well stated and very beautiful. Thank you, Lou.
I feel that change for me happens in two ways. Either I see something amazing and I am inspired to strive for it, or I feel so uncomfortable, so totally sick of myself and the way I am doing something that I shift.
Obviously the former is much more optimal than the latter. However, I must say that the latter is much more effective. Change is scary. Doing something new? AHHHH! Holy shit!
It is so funny, because I watch myself opening my eyes to something I want to be, something I see inspires me to push myself to grow. But if it is really something new, something so beautiful, yet so foreign, often I will make up all these excuses, generate all these lies so that I have a reason to stay the same. And even though fear totally sucks, it’s familiar and much more appealing than the unknown.
I have so much respect for people who unabashedly dive into the unknown. People who stare into the abyss of uncertainty and embrace it. Those who seek that are truly the leaders and change makers.
Eleanor Roosevelt said we should “Do one thing every day that scares us.” But what really scares us, not fake, “I- wanna- get- out- of- pushing- myself- or- trying- something- new” scares us.
So I challenge you as I am challenging myself, take on something scary, something unknown and new, and embrace it.
Dive in and see what happens.
Keep me posted!
I wanna know about your progress!