If You Really Want to Change, Stop Trying So Hard

August 27, 2014 5:20 PM

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If You Really Want to Change, Stop Trying So Hard

We've all heard the old adage spoken by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, "The only thing that is constant is change." Yeah, we know, everything changes all the time, can't count on anything, stability is an impossible goal, if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans, blah blah blah. So why, then, does it seem next to impossible to improve our own actions, behaviors, and thoughts when we actually do try? I suspect it's because we're trying too hard.

The things beyond our immediate control -- other people, job stress, the weather, kids, cars, bills -- constantly surprise the heck out of us because our expectations (or rather our wants) rarely align with the way things play out. They change when we least expect it, so why can't we change us when ...

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