Uh, no. Leopards don’t change their spots but people can and do change. What your story is today does not need to be your story tomorrow. From my own spiritual evolution and assisting others with their personal transformations, I’ve had the opportunity to observe what differentiates people who successfully transform their lives from those who stay stuck.
The following three steps are essential for dynamic growth and personal change.
1. THE SINCERE DESIRE
Every human has four endowments- self-awareness, conscience, independent free will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. –Stephen R. Covey
You must get honest with yourself and acknowledge that some aspect of your life is no longer working for you. What might work for someone else—your mom, dad, sister, best friend—isn’t necessarily the right way for you. Set an intention that you want to initiate change in your life; this will set your change in motion. Your mind may be unconscious to your deepest desires, but your spirit knows.
Example affirmation: I am initiating change in my life to be in alignment with my spirit’s deepest desires.
2. A NEW PERSPECTIVE
You can’t solve a problem with the same thinking that created the problem. –Albert Einstein
Your beliefs shape your thoughts. Your thoughts shape your actions. Your thoughts + actions shape everything in your world from prosperity, love, friends, adventure, opportunities, creativity, health, and ultimately your meaning, happiness, joy, and contentment. If you are having trouble manifesting these things in your life, the best things you can do is learn from someone who is successfully creating these things. When I first discovered Spirit Nature nearly seven years ago, the teachings seemed a bit crazy because they were so contrary to what I’d been raised to understand was “true” and “normal”. I nearly dismissed this valuable wisdom as spiritual mumbo jumbo, but I fortunately made a literally life saving recognition: “normal” thinking is responsible for the all the pain and destruction on the planet. Conversely I witnessed my teacher living an expression of gratitude, love, creative passion, vitality and compassion. I wanted what he had, so it seemed to make sense to listen and try and assimilate what he had to say. Thinking about my own transformation, I have so much gratitude that I trusted myself enough to trust the teacher that came into my life to assist me.
A teacher doesn’t need to be perfect or have every single thing you want, but generally speaking, you wouldn’t take financial advice from someone with no money and you wouldn’t take guitar lessons from someone who has never played before. Get a new perspective from someone who can shine the light down the path you want to walk.
If you do what you’ve always done you’re going to get what you’ve always gotten. –Anthony Robbins
I know taking action can feel scary, but with each new step you take outside of your comfort zone, you recognize you are a bit more capable than you thought you were. It’s like making deposits in the bank of you, and in time you will build up trust in yourself that you are far more than you’ve given yourself credit for. Small shifts add up to big changes over time.
This means consistently engaging in a new action that is in alignment with your values. Walk your talk. You will begin to attract people of matching vibrations and values into your life. Change yourself and watch your life transform into an expression of ordinary magic.
What is your biggest obstacle to change?