This quotation has been following me around for years. It haunts me every now and then with its stark truth and implied personal challenge.
Only two things change your life: either something new comes into your life, or something new comes out of you.
~ Brendan Burchard
The part that gets me is the implied threat that if I don’t figure out something new to come out me then I’ll just be sitting around waiting for stuff to happen to me.
I will remain a victim of my circumstances and a puppet for the priorities of others.
I don’t know about you but that makes me feel really agitated.
I spent much of the first half of my life reacting to surprises coming my way. I would gladly accept the good things that fell into my lap and begrudgingly tolerate the bad things I didn’t like.
When it comes to the quality of our romantic relationships we often make the same mistakes.
We treat good days as pleasant surprises.
And we treat bad days as unpleasant inevitabilities.
When we operate this way we feel a total lack of influence over our relationship experience. Our feelings of connection, intimacy and confidence are fleeting and unpredictable.
And THAT is what keeps a man on edge. Grouchy. Irritated.
He feels alone and powerless because he is waiting for something new to come into his relationship while nothing new is coming out of him.
“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Abe Lincoln’s quote speaks to the common problem with the pursuit of happiness.
It’s not a “pursuit” after all. It’s a DECISION.
And most people’s unhappiness in life and in their relationships comes from bad habits and bad choices.
In other words, I believe happiness in life and relationships is a LIFESTYLE.
And with consistency in our lifestyle of habits and choices come the results.
Unhappiness is caused by the mistake of getting the order wrong.
If we’re looking for connection, intimacy and confidence to come from somewhere OUTSIDE of us, unhappiness is the very predictable and consistent result.
I talk more about this cold, hard truth in this video.
Is it Really That Simple?
In theory, yes.
In practice, no.
Because every man is capable of an INTELLECTUAL understanding of everything I just said.
But, the real work and the real journey require you to adopt a deep emotional and spiritual connection to this truth.
And when a man does THAT…and he makes the commitment to consistently developing better habits and better choices he sees results very quickly.
The hard part comes in 3 key areas.
1. You must declare and own your new habits and choices with clarity and without apology.
2. You must be accountable and consistent.
3. You must have other initiated men to support and encourage you every day.
I’ve found it’s virtually impossible to succeed at those 3 things on your own. You will get fuzzy headed, wishy-washy, inconsistent and unfocused. Then you’ll slide back into the bad habits and choices that created your current reality.
Well, that’s what happened to me anyway. I’m fairly confident it happens to all men.
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