Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. • Leo Tolstoy
When people try to change things, they’re usually tinkering with behaviors that have become automatic… The bigger the change you’re suggesting, the more it will sap people’s self-control.
And when people exhaust their self-control, what they’re exhausting are the mental muscles needed to think creatively, to focus, to inhibit their impulses, and to persist in the face of frustration or failure. In other words, they’re exhausting precisely the mental muscles needed to make a big change.
So when you hear people say that change is hard because people are lazy or resistant, that’s just flat wrong. In fact, the opposite is true: Change is hard because people wear themselves out. …What looks like laziness is often exhaustion. • Chip Heath & Dan Heath, Switch (11-12)
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. • Nelson Mandela
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently--they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. • Steve Jobs
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. • Albert Einstein
Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. • George Bernard Shaw
If you want people to change, you can provide clear direction (Rider) or boost their motivation and determination (Elephant). Alternately, you can simply make the journey easier. Create a steep downhill slope and give them a push. Remove their friction from the trail. Scatter around lots of signs to tell them they’re getting close. In short, you can shape the path. • Chip Heath & Dan Heath, Switch (181)
Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. • C.S. Lewis
Fundamentally, we are being called to change. To discover the courage to become our best-selves. This moment is "elemental"—a kind of fire, a spark carrying us towards transformation. • Bobette Buster
When the speed of change around the organization is faster than the speed of change inside the organization, the organization becomes irrelevent. • Rick Warren
All change does not represent progress, but without change there can be no progress. • John C. Maxwell