The term “life-changing” gets thrown around a lot these days.
Books, seminars, retreats, training courses—you name it, if it falls into the “self-help” category, it’ll supposedly change your life.
Don’t be fooled by this—it’s a lie.
I don’t mean to imply that your friends are lying to you if they say that something they read, or an event they attended, changed their life. If their lives did change as a consquence, that is definitely worth acknowledging.
But they are—mistakenly—crediting something or someone else with their own power of transformation.
That is to say, they may have been inspired to change things in their lives by something they read, or something someone said to them, or even something they experienced but the actual change came from within themselves.
This is a common error, as we tend not to give ourselves enough credit.
Publishers of books and organizers of events, however, could be accused of stretching the truth a little when they add “life-changing” claims to whatever they’re selling. Because the real and absolute truth is this: all change comes from within ourselves. (And, ironically, that usually begins with accepting ourselves as we already are.)
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~ Albert Einstein
Nobody else’s words or actions have the power to change us. Certainly, they have the ability to inspire us to dig deep within ourselves and find the inner resources we have to achieve anything. But that’s a different thing entirely.
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