The Power To Change, But Will We?
Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen Covey
Lets examine these four endowments:
Self-Awareness: The ability to look at our thoughts our actions, make an assessment, and change what we don’t like. First we must become aware and then we must be willing to change. Changing thought patterns or habits requires some effort. Thats where the other parts come in.
Conscience: This is that little voice inside. Jack Canfield in his book “Cash In A Flash” calls it two things: The inner winner or the Inner Whiner.
Only we can decide which it is going to be. If we blame everything that is outside of us and we cannot control we are a whinier and have decided we cannot change anything. But.. if we see that our attitude control many things we become the inner winner!
Independent will: This is the conscience saying okay here is the action now do it. The will makes everything happen or not. We can talk ourselves out of many things that are important, then make excuses or we can move though the reluctance (fear) and make progress. The will decides.
The Power to Choose: No matter what kind of situation we are in we can choose. We stay where we are or we are able to change. There are certain things that have become habits.
Jim Rohn calls them disciplines if they put you on the path of progress and errors of judgement if they are things that can bring disaster. We have to have the wisdom or call upon people who do have the wisdom to help us make the right choices. But in the end only you can choose.