Why Change is Possible for Anyone and How to Make it Happen

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jason Anthony of EvenMinds.

In my continuing quest for personal refinement I’ve faced some extreme difficulties and learned some great lessons along the way.  Some of which I’d like to share with you right now.

See, I’ve spent a considerable amount of my time on this planet sitting passive on the sidelines, watching the world and the people around me change.

Being a spectator was fine for a while until one day I woke up to the fact that what I was getting out of my life was much less than I knew I was capable of.

I was a single father, working three jobs, and earning barely enough to get by month to month. Literally only one paycheck away from financial and emotional devastation, I knew that something had to change.

Surely it wasn’t going to be the taste of the Ramen Noodles… although I still have a special place for them in my heart. :)

The circumstances which I just described to you were my catalyst. I spent a great deal of what little resources I had mining for knowledge, shaping my beliefs, and polishing my abilities.

Since then, I’ve made some simple and practical adjustments, and my life has never been the same.

Why Even Change At All?

The question, “Why even change at all?” has been asked by many and the answer is simple.

To produce a different result!

It is also a question we must continuously ask ourselves in order to stay on the right track and to maintain focused. Continued growth and adaptation is an increasingly important personal value to maintain.

Now, some may not wish to have a different result, and that’s OK.  They may be perfectly fine with where they are, also OK. They can continue to do what they do and continue to get the same results.

But for a select few the timing might be just right, the lights may have finally flicked on, and it may now be the time for you to look at things from a different perspective.

The point is that change is certainly possible.

Even those of us who experience positive and abundant results in life can still learn a little bit more and do what we can to enhance our productivity or insight in a number of ways.

It has been said that change is the only constant, so why not embrace it and use it to your advantage?

The 2 Most Important Factors For Creating Change

The real magic and the common denominator in creating change starts with you.

If you happen to be fortunate enough and ready to embrace this idea, I’d like to share the following with you in hopes that these ideas may resonate and grow within you for years to come.

1) The first source of change comes from within:   This internal source is called by many names.  Passion, drive or ambition, even despair and anger. There is much to be learned and gathered from both the joy and the heartache we experience.

Whether it’s the birth of a newborn baby, or perhaps the loss of your employment, there must be an event or occurrence that lights the fire beneath you and moves you to take action.

2) The second source of change is located around you: We call it inspiration. This is an impression on your mind or heart from some form outside of yourself; an illumination or stimulation which starts or strengthens a given process.

Reading the right book or blog, hearing a speech, listening to a podcast (SOTG), or simply paying attention to the ideas someone has to share can all be sources of inspiration. We can be touched by a story or learn a valuable lesson through the experience of others as well as our own.

Why Its Possible For You

For the most part we all strive to have better health, build more wealth, and nourish the personal relationships in our life.

Potential is being able to see yourself where you are now and believe in your capability to get where you want to be.

I know that the inspiration, the drive, and the ambition is readily and available for you. I know because I believe that if I was able to find it in the most dire of circumstances, then you can too!

Whether being triggered through your own personal experience or the inspiration of the world, the real challenge is to hear its call, then act upon it.

Now I’d like to hear your take.  What were or are your reasons for making a change?  Have you found it difficult or something you’ve picked up on naturally?  Be sure to leave your comments below.

This is a guest post, check out more from this writer: Jason Anthony is founder of EvenMinds, a site which focuses on human potential and the fundamentals behind dynamic behavior.  Sign up for his newsletter today to receive a free gift, updates, and to learn more about what you can do to find personal and professional fulfillment.

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  • http://www.jodichapman.com/ Jodi

    This is a wonderful post. It’s so true that change IS possible, and it starts within ourselves. I am in the midst of what I call a “life divorce” – I was no longer okay with living a life that didn’t make my spirit soar. So I can definitely relate to this post. Thank you for sharing it! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Stevens/100001219009939 David Stevens

    Thankyou Jason,
    I see ‘change’ as the only constant in our lives. It’s like having to continually adapt to varying circumstances. My ‘change’ is ongoing…greater awareness and continued learning.
    be good to yourself

  • http://twitter.com/JasonAGroup Jason Anthony

     You’re very welcome, David – glad to hear about your ongoing aspirations and continued learning!

  • http://twitter.com/JasonAGroup Jason Anthony

     Thank you, Jodi!  What a powerful and moving description “life divorce” is, thanks for your sharing, reading, and cheers to your new beginning!

  • http://twitter.com/JasonAGroup Jason Anthony

    Thanks for the great opportunity to share some ideas here at Shake Off The Grind, Joe! 

  • http://julielangdonbarrett.com Julie

    Hi Jason,

    Great, positive perspective of what we can do when the time is right and life smacks us in the face.  I did start working along that path a couple of years back when I lost my job, and developed a whole new career and direction as a result.  I think in many cases it really is divine timing, and we simply need to be open to seeing what we can do with the opportunity.

  • Joe @ Shakeoffthegrind


    It’s my pleasure, and thank you for sharing your story and offering this wisdom to the community here. I realy enjoy your work and look forward to collaborating more in the future!

  • http://twitter.com/JasonAGroup Jason Anthony

     Thanks, Julie!  Seeing and being open to the right kind of vision are definitely two different things.  Thank you for sharing your experience!