Remember when President Obama first spoke the word, “Change”, how excited nearly everyone got? Regardless of our party affiliation, the vast majority of us didn’t like what we were seeing prior to that 2008 election. We weren’t thrilled with where the economy was going. And we all wanted change regardless of who we were planning to vote for. Today is no different. We want change.
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But do you know what I believe? Change does not happen solely with a president-elect. It starts with each one of us. From us, it continues with our family. From our family, it continues with our community. From our community, it continues with our state. And from our state, it continues with our country. But it starts with us.
If You Want Things to Change, You Have to Change
Regardless of what happened the past four years, or what will happen over the next four years, if you want the future to change for you, then you have got to change. If you don’t change, the next four years of your life will be just like the last four years of your life.
These words might seem familiar to you. If they do, that is because you know of Jim Rohn or know someone who does. The funny thing is, the morning after the election, I took my dog for a walk and decided to listen to The 3 Keys to Greatness on YouTube, an excerpt from a speaking engagement of Jim Rohn’s years ago. The timing could not have been more perfect, and I would like to share this except, words from Mr. Rohn, of which I entirely agree:
“If you will change, everything will change for you. If you will get better, everything will get better for you. If you will change your philosophy – change your habits – if you will refine your thinking – if you will change and accept some new disciplines – if you will turn the corner, where you have been in the past and go for a new life in the future – all kinds of remarkable things will happen for you – if you will change.
Before I heard this, I used to cross my fingers and say, ‘I sure hope things will change.’ I was hoping the government would change, the tax structure would change, that my boss would change and he would pay me more money. I was hoping that economics would change and crisis would come down and I was hoping that circumstances would get better.
And then I discovered, that those things are going to continue the same. All of those things that happen to us, it’s kind of like the wind that blows. And the wind blows on us all. In America especially, we have had a lot of favorable winds that have blown our way. [And more recently, the wind of a struggling economy is blowing on all of us].
But if you just let the wind blow, it won’t take you where you want to go […and it alone cannot and will not take you down]. You must use the wind to take you to the dream, and to the opportunities, and to the money and the income, and to the equities that you want – and to all the things we want our life to have.
Don’t leave your future just to the wind nor just to the structure of the way things are happening today. Set a good sail. The wind will blow how it will blow. Politics will be politics, the economy will be the economy, and however it turns out, that is the way it is going to be.
What you must learn to do is not to wish for a better wind – that is naïve – but to wish for the wisdom and skills so you can learn how to set a better sail.
So go to work not on the economy, or the government, or the community, or your boss – go to work on yourself. If you change, your income will change, your bank account will change, and your life will change.”
Our Part in the Change We Want to See
Notice he says, ‘if YOU change” – not, if you change other people. We don’t have the power to change other people. But we can change ourselves and have a positive influence on other people, just as Jim Rohn did.
I think it is important to share with you this – Mr. Rohn did not start out in a charmed life. His story goes that he had pennies in his pocket and too much month at the end of the money (one of my favorite phrases of his, by the way). But he found a mentor who inspired him with the above philosophy, and Mr. Rohn took it upon himself to change, to become successful, and to pass the good fortune along.
It is my hope that we all learn how to do something similar. I am not saying it will be easy. It is not easy to change our philosophies, our habits, our disciplines. But I am saying it will be worth it. In the very least, you become a better you who becomes a better contributor, and each contribution counts. And at best, you inspire others to do the same and start a positive ripple effect.
Becoming the RE-UNITED States of America will need to start inside each and every one of us. I hope you will join me in this crusade toward the greater good of the generations to follow us and the greater good of our country.
“Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live, and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives.” ~Frederick F. Flack
“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.” ~Oprah Winfrey