“Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you've got.” - Jim Rohn
This week's quote is really pretty straightforward and a bit like the old definition of insanity (Doing the same things, the same ways but expected different results).
It makes sense when you think about it. Why would anything change if you do not or are not willing to make any changes. The energy you put out to the world is the same level of energy that comes back. Walk into a room looking down at your feet and not speaking to the people in the room and no one is going to speak to you. But walk into that same room with your head head high, a smile on your face and a warm hello to everyone you meet and you are sure to get hellos in return. Positive energy is infectious.
What ever you want more of in your life - love, happiness, health, wealth, possessions, etc. - is not going to materialize without effort on your part. You have to change how you see the world and how you are interacting with the world around you if you expect outcomes to change.
If you want better relationships and more love you have to be more loving.
If you want an increase in pay at work you have to be willing to learn new skills and be willing to take on more responsibilities. Let your boss know you want to grow. A good boss would be thrilled to hear you want to contribute more and will start to work with you to help you develop the skills you need. (and if your boss isn't interested in discussing your future growth it's time to find another boss).
If you want to be healthier you have to be willing to see a doctor, change your diet, work with a trainer, stop smoking, cut back on drinking etc. Yes, it is a trade-off and it will take time and effort on your part. But change requires your full participation.
There are very few things in life you cannot have - but you have to be willing to change, to commit, to put in the time and effort. Nothing happens overnight, but when you change things will change for you. Time, patience and commitment. Three words to live by and to change by.