Becoming who you want to become is going to take work, as does raising a child, building a successful marriage, getting a degree or mastering a craft. Is it possible? It has been done. Can you do it? Only if you think you can. Will you lift yourself up by your own boot straps? Leaders aren’t born; they are made. Is change worth the effort? Real change starts on the inside. “You cannot travel within and stand still without.”2 Your greatest achievement was at first, and for some time, just a thought.
In this book, John A. Andrews takes you on a journey from the inside out, extracting insights from his own life and great inspirational literature, most of them written several decades before he was born - delivering nugget after nugget of wisdom - essential for changing your life as well as impacting your world. So many embark upon the task of revolutionizing their home, their church and their world but never start with the "self." Everything you see on the outside first came from within. Real change is an "inside job." Learn the five fundamental steps necessary and pass it on to others.
The original sources of our drinking water are always heavily guarded and protected from intrusion and contaminants. People protect their bodies from the weather and other elements. And yet, few take the time to protect their thought source — the mind.
Imagine your best friend comes over to visit one day, and in his hands are two heavy bags. You offer him a seat, and then sit on your recliner and adjust it to a comfortable position. “What’s in the bags?” you ask. He immediately opens one of them and deposits its contents, full of grime and filth, onto your nice clean carpet. As your nostrils react to the stench, he opens the other bag. Do you encourage him to dump more contaminants into your habitat? Of course not.
So, consider this example in terms of your mind. How do you treat the situation if a friend dumps garbage into your thought source? Do you say, “Thank you very much for the pollutants; could you please deposit some more?” or do you put the breaks on his toxin distribution extravaganza?
- John A. Andrews