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If a man will begin with certainties, he will end with doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he will end with certainties.

— Francis Bacon (by Paul van Somer; Public Domain)

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Have no fear of change as such and, on the other hand, no liking of it merely for its own sake.

—Robert Moses (1938, by C.M. Stieglitz; Public Domain)

Change can be difficult, which is why so many of us remain stuck in our channel of comfort—or, more often, discomfort. When change is required to move forward, we must enter the process with the right frame of mind, fully understanding why it is necessary to change course, and prepared to exert the energy necessary to break free of the trench which we have dug for ourselves.   

But change for the sake of change is often a pretext for simply lacking the willingness to do the work required in our current situation. When the going gets tough, it is easier to imagine charting a new path rather than simply putting our head down and doing what needs to be done. So, before making a change, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Then, with the clarity that comes from a clear-headed assessment, do what must be done—whether that means making a change or staying the course with a renewed commitment.   

—Michael S. Hazell

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Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth.

—Publilius Syrus (Photo Licensed)

Don’t accept what is presented as “scientific fact” as absolute truth. Throughout history, time has exposed so many given certainties as simply erroneous conjecture, foisted upon us by the high-minded elite of the era. Tap into your spiritual self and humbly seek the truth.

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Embrace Change

There are no permanent changes because change itself is permanent. It behooves the industrialist to research and the investor to be vigilant.

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—Ralph L. Woods

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Embracing Change

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.

Eisenhower, Dwight

—Dwight D. Eisenhower

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To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

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—Plutarch, 46 AD—120 AD

…Most of us don’t have any problem at all identifying and admitting to our faults. In fact, we are often our own harshest critic. And that’s fine. Admitting our challenges is necessary for spiritual growth—after all, that’s why we are here, isn’t it? But, sadly, that is where it often ends. What good is it to beat ourselves up and then refuse to change?

I will bet that if you take a minute to dwell on your current faults, they are the precise same ones as a decade ago. We have identified them, yet we haven’t defeated them! Why the disconnect? As Plutarch so succinctly put it 2,000 years ago, the first part is easy; it’s the second part that takes effort. And the friction of effort typically keeps us from moving forward.

So, what should we do to free ourselves from this ravine of inaction where we remain stuck? The first step is to take a minute, sit down with a piece of paper and a pen, or a laptop, and write down the one fault in your circuitry which you believe to be most responsible for limiting your success or causing you unhappiness. It may be as simple as writing down one word, or as long as a sentence. Go ahead, literally do it right now—I’ll wait.

Got it? Great! Now, underneath that word, phrase, or sentence, make a bulleted list of five to ten simple actions you can take, either on a daily or a regular basis, to defeat that fault. And make sure they are actions which you alone control.

Now, at the end of the bulleted list, I want you to write down, in parenthesis, an affirmation of the person you have become by crushing this particular inner demon. The person standing on the hill above the ravine which kept you prisoner. Look back down into the ravine and view the dark emotions swirling around. They want to pull you back in, but you vow to never go back.

Keep this sheet handy and reflect on it daily until you have effectively defeated this fault. After an adequate period of time, when you are sure you have gained mastery in this arena, consider moving on the your next battle.

MSH

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Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.

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— Winston Churchill

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