Can you change in an instant?
Of course you can.
How do I know?
Because every time you’ve changed it was instantaneous.
While it may have taken time to ready yourself for change–once it occurred–undoubtedly–it was instantaneous.
What’s important, then, is making the ‘getting ready’ stage as quick as possible.
The biggest barrier to people changing quickly is they simply fail to believe they can. And if you believe you can’t, you won’t.
By believing it’s impossible to change quickly you’ve erected a barrier that prevents you from doing so.
Indeed, your chains were created by you!
Have you ever heard the story of the four-minute mile?
For thousands of years it was believed it was impossible to run a mile in less than four minutes until in 1954 Roger Bannister was the first man to break the four minute barrier.
Within a year of Bannister’s accomplishment 37 additional runners ran the mile in under four minutes. And the year after that 300 more runners broke the four minute mile.
Prior to Bannister breaking the four minute mile, no one had outward references to provide them with the belief they also could do it and that’s why no one did.
Indeed, if your beliefs are faulty, your potential won’t be fulfilled.
In the book Awaken the Giant Within, Tony Robbins covers a set of beliefs that must be adopted if one wants to change quickly:
“The first belief we must have if we’re going to create change quickly is that we can change now. . . .
The second belief that you and I must have if we’re going to create long-term change is that we’re responsible for our own change, not anyone else. . . .”
Tony then explains three specific beliefs about responsibility that a person must have if they’re going to create long-term change:
“1. First, we must believe, “Something must change”–not that it should change, not that it could or ought to, but that it absolutely must. . . .
2. Second, we must not only believe that things must change, but we must believe, “I must change it.”
3. Third, we have to believe, “I can change it.”
The belief that you can’t change something quickly about yourself is a false belief propped up by society. It, in no way, represents truth.
If you believe you can’t do something, all effort to do it will be in vain.