Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

At face value, this appears to be very true, yet the quick negative response to this aphorism starts with a basic premise such as, “yes, but what if I win the lottery?“ 

Presumably with a disparate amount of money in your life, you might be that much more willing and capable to take on different challenges that confront you currently. But in the end, wouldn’t it also be true that for all of the aspects of your life that are a constant now… won’t they still be a constant with all of that money in your bank account? Presumably the characteristics that define you at this moment are the ones that will continue to define you, even with a change of fortune.

The reality is, it does not take a reversal of fortune to make the quantum shifts we wish to see in ourselves. To the contrary, it really only takes an internal desire, paired with determination and conviction, to enable ourselves to evolve from what we are currently to that which we wish to become.

Discovering aspects of our character and personality that require improvement, takes focused introspection in order that we might look objectively at ourselves and determine which parts of our overall being could be improved. Once those have been identified, the next step is determining how that improvement could come to pass. In some cases it is a behavioral change, whereas in other cases it is a psychological change. Regardless, once that determination has been made, it really becomes incumbent upon us define the prerequisite focus and the internal resolution necessary to adopt those changes on a very regular and consistent basis. Through that adoption, we are able to build a lifestyle that ensconces the pattern that has been inserted into the life we are currently living in order that we might fully live up to the potential that we are forecasting for ourselves. 

Why is it important to us to change? If we are living a good life, is there really a problem with remaining stagnant in that behavior? 

I believe there are probably two very equal and very real responses to that question. The first response is that if something isn’t broken, why fix it? Meaning that if you are happy and feeling very content with every aspect of your life, What would be the impetus to give you cause or a reason to initiate any kind of a change? 

The second answer to the same question would be that stagnation, in and of itself, is a problem and that we are growth seeking beings that are continuously a work of art, an evolution in progress, always pushing further towards unforeseen goals and opportunities that will only arise as we stretch our proverbial wings and fly. 

It is this mindset that catapult us forward into the unknown with desire and expectation to discover that which awaits us in the future. Without this innate desire to expand our horizons, we are left within the myopic constraints of all that we have already accomplished, leaving no amazing new surprises on the horizon seeking our arrival. 

Happy Sunday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!