Change can be frightening and difficult, but these motivational quotes from world leaders show that it doesn’t have to be. There is a better way.
Change – this six-letter word sums up life. Human progress is a continuous process of evolution, with the changes often taking place over years and generations. However, the last few decades have seen changes at an unprecedented pace and scale, thanks to technology. From technology changing how we work and think to how we interact, communicate, and express ourselves, today, we are constantly on the move. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a political leader, author, lawmaker, student, or parent, change is that one thing we all have to contend with, adapting continuously to new factors and elements in our environment.
In our personal lives to our workspaces, we may resist change and even hate it. But whether we like it or not, we eventually have to accept it. It may or may not be good for us, but change – as the popular saying goes – is the only constant.
If you, like many others, struggle to cope and adapt to the changes taking root around you, here are some motivational quotes that will help you take control and adapt better:
“Without change, there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard, American Physicist
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer, American Philosopher, Self-help Author
“Don’t underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.” – Leroy Hood, American Biologist
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” – Jim Rohn, American Entrepreneur, Author
“We need to make sure we’re all working together to change mindsets, to change attitudes, and to fight against the bad habits that we have as a society.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“Change can be frightening, and the temptation is often to resist it. But change almost always provides opportunities – to learn new things, to rethink tired processes, and to improve the way we work.” – Klaus Schwab, German Engineer, Economist, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum
“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom...The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey, American Educator, Author, Businessman
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs, American Entrepreneur, Business Magnate, Inventor
“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” – Stephen Hawking, Physicist and Author
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright, Critic, Polemicist, Political Activist
“It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” – Anonymous
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America
So whether it’s a new job, new city, or new relationship, don’t fret. Change is a way of life; stay positive to everything that comes your way, and make the most of the new opportunities that a changed world brings for you.
What are your coping mechanisms and ways of dealing with change? Let us know in the comments!