May 13th, 2019
I’m about to tell you a secret of the universe. It’s one of the big ones, and I’m not going to keep it quiet anymore. I’m about to share with you the secret of change.
I know what you’re thinking: “Whoa, Dennis. You can’t do that. If you just go and tell everyone how they can create change in their lives, isn’t that going to irrevocably alter the course of the world forever?” Well, sure and no. Because as simply as I’m going to lay it out for you, most people will choose to plainly not listen. But you’re not most people, are you?
Let’s say that for as long as you can remember, every morning you wake up, get out of bed and hit your toe on the door frame on the way out of your room. You don’t know when you started doing this, but as long as you can think back, you have always done this. It’s painful, and it’s stupid, but that’s just the way it is.
Now, let’s say that one morning, either by luck or by destiny or by a very deliberate decision on your part, you wake up, get out of bed and you DON’T hit your toe on the door frame on the way out of your room. This experience is different, and it’s a lot nicer than your previous experiences waking up.
Now, this one-time-event does not constitute change. But here’s what does.
The next day you wake up, you now have a choice, having experienced two different ways of waking up. You get to decide whether to go back to your old ways, and run that toe of yours in the door frame on the way out of your room, or — OR — you now have a second option, and you can skip that pain altogether.
If you repeat these steps, quite literally, there will come a time when your morning routine, for as long as you can remember, has been waking up, getting out of bed and preparing to start your day on the right foot.
And that is all there is behind any kind of change.