Michael Angier on change, Brian Tracy on achievement, personal development, self improvement resources
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi’s famous advice is another reason to engage in personal development: to make this a better world, as well as improve ourselves.
“Be the change..” may be a simple aphorism, but it is also very demanding.
Michael Angier of SuccessNet comments, “In order for things to change, YOU have to change. We can’t change others; we can only change ourselves. However, when WE change, it changes everything.”
He notes, “To be the change you want to see in the world, you don’t have to be loud. You don’t have to be eloquent. You don’t have to be elected. You don’t even have to be particularly smart or well educated. You do, however, have to be committed.”
He quotes Teddy Roosevelt: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
From Top Ten Things to Think About If You Want to Change the World, by Michael Angier.
Brian Tracy provided the title for this post: “You cannot change the world, but you can present the world with one improved person, yourself,” he said.
“You can go to work on yourself to make yourself into the kind of person you admire and respect.
“You can become a role model and set a standard for others.
“You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting or speaking in a negative way toward anyone for any reason. You can insist upon always doing things the loving way rather than the hurtful way.
“By doing these things each day, you can continue on your journey toward becoming an exceptional human being.”
Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles, declares “Brian Tracy knows more about developing and maximizing personal effectiveness than anyone I know.”
Tracy notes he has researched and studied success for 25 years, and found there are no “secrets of success.”
He says, “No one is born with special qualities that assure long-term success and prosperity. There are, however, ‘special people’ with goals, plans and the ability to move confidently in the direction of their dreams.
“Having a deep belief in your ability to achieve your goals – that’s the most important thing! The wonderful news about self-confidence: it is an attitude you can learn.”