This is so true that people are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
It is a natural desire to want to improve our circumstances. This may be in many and various ways such as:
- Spiritual Growth
- Personal Growth
Which area could you add to this list?
Which circumstances do you want to improve or better? Which areas do you feel bound?
In this quote from James Allen, he highlights people who seem ‘anxious.’ I have seen that in so many people. Maybe you have as well.
There is a sense of more is possible. Dreams of what “life could become like” begin. The ‘Life is greener on the other side of the fence’ mentality kicks in.
Envisaged are the benefits of achievement or improving in a certain area. This thought even starts a feel-good mentality. We see ourselves there – forward picturing ourselves is not a bad thing to do.
However there is a risk that we never really move on from there. Negative thoughts begin to creep in about the areas I which we want to improve, such as:
– “One day I will have time….”
– “After the children leave home then I can focus on….”
– “Life is just too busy at the moment….”
– “Life won’t change, I will always be like this….”
When negative thoughts enter your mind – they come in and paralyze us into inaction.
There can be a tendency for our self-limiting beliefs to knock on our door of hope, desire or belief and cause us to believe we can’t change.
It is so critically important to realise what we choose to believe has a huge impact upon our lives and can affect how far we really grow in our personal lives.
To understand this further do read one of my previous blogs on “Does it really matter what I believe” by Clicking Here.
James Allen’s point was not that we focus on improving a circumstance, even though our circumstances could and might improve. Rather he would have us focusing on ‘improving ourselves.’
This is the point he was making. Work harder on yourself than just on a circumstance – and see the growth and potential that can come through.
The great news is we don’t need to improve ourselves all by ourselves.
Our greatest intentions would fail if we only had ourselves to look towards.
I have found as a Christian, I can look toward God who strengthens me and that by looking toward him for His life, will, desire and intention, helps me not to remain bound by my circumstances or even myself – but have His life in me.
As a Trainer, Speaker, Thought Leader and Author, I have literally spent thousands of hours researching and understanding how people can move into their fullness and not remain bound to the past or various circumstances.
For me it has been and is a fascinating and rewarding journey.
One of the subjects I teach is The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. This study has had a huge impact upon my life in many areas. It has caused me to improve myself and NOT remained bound.
I therefore have NO hesitation in asking anyone, if they are serious at not remaining bound and have a desire for personal growth, to join me on one of my next virtual training courses on – The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.
If you would like to participate in my next 8 week virtual training course, or would like to find out more information, just click here.