Monday, February 05, 2007

Time to change

Commentary from Stuart:

I'm sure you've heard the expression: "The definition of
insanity is to keep doing what you've been going - and expect
different results." How true that is. I know you want a wealthier,
happier life but if you really want these things (instead of
just reading about them) then you have to change what you're doing.

Why? Because what you've done so far hasn't worked. This
is a practical point, not a moral one. If you carry on
as you have been you'll get the same as you've always
got. To think otherwise is madness. So what's needed
isn't a 'magic bullet' - it is the firm resolve to
change - to be different to how you've been up until
now. Few can do this because change is scary (we cling
to the known) and change requires work on ourselves (the
inertia of our lives keeps us heading in the same
direction. Think of an oil tanker.)

And none of this is new. It was probably ancient nearly
two thousand years ago when Marcus Aurelius (who was
emperor of Rome AD 161 - AD 180) penned these lines: "We
shrink from change; yet is there anything that can come
into being without it? What does nature hold dearer or
more proper to herself? Could you have a hot bath unless
the firewood underwent some change? Is it possible for
any useful thing to be achieved without change? Do you
not see then, that change in yourself is of the same
order, and no less necessary?"

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