Let’s say you want to make an important change in your life. You make a resolution: that’s it, a new life begins tomorrow!
Of course, you then proceed to break the resolution.
OK, you say. I’ll go with the method of small steps. I’ll do x tomorrow, y the day after, and little by little, these small changes will bring big results.
A year passes, and you are exactly where you were before.
The reason for this failure is that you forgot to let the inner change happen before plunging into action. It’s like throwing yourself into a swimming pool without first becoming a person who knows how to swim.
A philosopher said, “at the threshold right before great actions lies inaction.” It’s great that you made the decision to seek positive change. Now you need to stay still for a bit to let yourself become the person who is capable of those changes.
Another philosopher said, “Change isn’t born when you decide to act. It’s born from your unconscious transformation during times of inactivity. Without that, you are bound to repeat what you’ve been doing until now.”
[These are German philosophers whom I’ve read in Spanish and am translating into English, so don’t search for these exact quotes].
So if you are looking for a big change, take some time to stay quiet, walk aimlessly, stare at the ceiling with no purpose in mind, study your eyebrows in the mirror, pick a flower and contemplate it.
And then the change will happen as if by magic.