Short Inspirational Quotes About Embracing Change to Open You

Updated Dec 8, 2022.
Quotes About change

Changing your life is not an easy task, but it is possible. Change requires letting go of the old and embracing the new. 

Have you ever wondered why people think differently over time? It is because their mindsets have evolved. Change is part of life. 

Unfortunately, many people fear change and have grown more comfortable in their tiny limited comfort boxes. This has hindered them from living up to their full purpose. 

Change is not so bad. When you begin to see the good in it, you become more open to better possibilities and opportunities. In this article, I'm helping you change your mindset about change and embrace it. 

I gathered the most inspirational quotes about change and gave some points to inspire you to go for it. This will help you become a better version of yourself. 

Quotes About Change To Help You Think Differently 

01
“To change one's life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.”
― William James. 

The only thing constant in life is change. However, it is up to you to determine if it will be a positive or negative change. Your actions are what determine the kind of change you will get. 

You are the other one that changes your life and business in the direction you want it to go. 

The best way to do that is to:

  • Stop overthinking it and start immediately. 
  • Do what you do without holding back. 
  • Don't make excuses or exceptions. You have to be fully invested in your journey of change.
02
“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
― Leo Buscaglia. 

Change is a development. The more you learn, the more you develop into a better version of yourself. Learning is a process you should never stop. The world changes every day, and trends come and go every time. So you have to keep learning so you can easily adapt and become better. 

If you want to achieve positive change, then you have to do the right thing. The right thing is learning. 

For example, if you want to change your financial status and become financially free, you need to learn what financial freedom means. Every day, there is always something to learn. 

03
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
— Mother Teresa. 

One person alone can't change the world, but it is all one step at a time. One person can start the process; others can join the revolution. How can you be part of the process? Your contributions, financial-wise and motivation-wise, can go a long way in making changes. 

Thanks to the likes of tech giants like Mark Zuckerberg that started the social media trend, other people have created a means for people to interact with each other globally. 

Today, social media is one of the greatest blessings the world has and it all started from a single idea. 

If you see areas that need growth around you, don't wait to get a group before starting the changes you want. Take the step and start; with time, others will join your cause. 

04
“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.”
― William S. Burroughs. 

Only people who seek things with utmost desperation are ready to make changes. Be willing to pursue evolution at any cost, even when it involves letting the past go. 

Only people who desire change will get it despite how often you talk about it. Be ready to let go of certain sweet and enjoyable things in the journey to change your life. 

05
“Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow – you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.”
― Steve Maraboli.

You can't undo the actions of yesterday and can't explain tomorrow's activities because they are a mystery. But you can resolve today's issue. 

Forget the past and whatever it came with. If you made several mistakes in the past that you regret, let them go. You can't change the past, but you can change the present, which has the power to change the future. 

Today is another opportunity to take those steps you felt you should have taken yesterday. Give them a shot and form your tomorrow. 

06
“At any given moment, you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end.”
— Christine Mason Miller, author. 

Despite how bad things turn out, you can always turn it around. You have, in your hand, the pen to rewrite your story. 

If you don't like how your life or specific areas of your life is turning out, know that you can still change it. It starts with your decision; changing your life may be challenging and uncomfortable, but decide to do so. 

Then, identify critical areas of your life you want to change. Taking up every aspect of your life may be too burdensome. Could you take it in steps? 

07
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.”
— Stephen Chobsky. 

It is normal to get tired of pursuing goals and trying to improve. Sometimes we need time to stop, reflect, and create better plans. We become tired and stop pursuing our dreams for a very long time, thinking we will return to them sometime soon.

However, it is not always so. You think you are maintaining where you are at that stage without knowing that the stage slowly ceases to exist. Life doesn't wait for you. Probably, when you are ready to move past that stage, you will discover life is already miles ahead of you. 

What should you do? While taking a break, stay actively involved in that aspect of your life. Take a break but never stop keeping your mind busy growing and learning. 

08
“Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future; act now, without delay.”
― Simone de Beauvoir. 

Your life is in your hands. You are the only one that can change your life. Set life-changing goals for yourself and work towards achieving them. It is the best way to keep you on track with change. 

People don't want to change because they feel it is so much work. If you set goals toward growth, you are indirectly programming your mind to start working on the change process. 

Set up long-term, midterm, and short-term goals. Every day, set a new goal to achieve for that day. You will find yourself slowly changing positively. If you feel you need the motivation to set achievable goals, you can spend some time meditating on inspiring goals quotes

09
“If you do not change direction, you might end up where you are heading.”
— Lao Tzu. 

Moving with the flow or the direction life takes us is okay, especially when you like what life offers you. What happens when you don't like what life offers? If you fold your hands and watch it, you will end up where you don't want. 

Change the motion with a series of little moves. Create the plan and the outline of the project, and start with that small thing that can give you the motivation to keep pushing. 

10
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.”
— Steve Maraboli.

In life, there are things you can change and things you can't change. You can't change the past but can change the present and determine the future. 

Why put so much energy into the past knowing that you can't change what has happened? Invest in the future, and take control of what you have power over, which is your present. 

11
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
— Harriet Tubman. 

You dream it first before you have it. You can do anything; you can achieve anything you set your mind to do. You are your only limit. But, if there are plans and changes you want to make in your life, the first thing is to see them. 

By seeing it, you dream it. All great persons of today at one time dreamt of where they are today. Having a mental picture of what you want to change fuels and motivates you to keep going. 

12
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
— Nelson Mandela.

Education goes beyond classroom studies. It covers learning as a whole, whether achieved formally or informally. Education is knowledge

 If you want to change the world, then you need knowledge. A good leader embraces knowledge because that is what separates them from others. 

Knowledge makes you aware of the extraordinary. You begin to see possibilities for growth. You can only get access to the best business opportunities in the world through knowledge. 

Knowledge (education) changes your perspective and lets you see things in a whole different light. This is the catalyst of change. 

Everyone who embraces change loves knowledge. There is always something new to learn and fuel the mind with. Change begins with knowledge. 

13
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
― Leo Tolstoy.

Change begins within you. Everyone dreams of changing the world, of making the world a better place. But to make the world a better place, you need to change yourself first. 

You cannot give what you don't have.

If society has better individuals, then we can have a better community. The change must first go through you. 

What do you want to achieve in society? First, change it in your life. 

14
“Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is a disaster.”
— Elon Musk.

Change is tough and challenging and may not suit everybody. Some people are scared of change, but when they don't have an option, they succumb to the change.

Be receptive to change. It may not sit well with you. It may go against what you believe in but keep an open mind. For any change coming to society, accept and analyze it. But don't ever discard the changes. You may not know, but it might be the only feasible option. 

15
“If you want to change attitudes, start with a behavior change.”
― Katherine Hepburn. 

To change your attitude, do the following: 

  • Identify and understand what you want to change. Set clear and well-defined goals. 
  • Think about how your attitude will affect your life. Fix your mind on the things that would come as a result of your attitude change, and you will have a greater chance of reaching your goal.
  • Change the right company. You don't expect yourself to be able to change if you go on surrounding yourself with people who possess all the negative traits that you want to change.
16
“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”
― Libba Bray. 

Change is the natural progression of the universe. Trying to make all the changes once and simultaneously can be overwhelming. Take the change one step at a time. Work on the first and most pressing area that needs change; you're done and move to the next one. 

Change should happen in progression, one gesture and one step after another. 

17
“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”
— John C. Maxwell.

You can decide whether to grow or not. But as long as something exists — your business and life — it is subject to change. Change works with time and it happens daily. 

Take a look around you, your environment is not what it looked like ten years ago. Most top businesses you see today were not existing fifteen years ago. The ones that existed have evolved. 

Thanks to technology the world has changed and is still changing. 

Science and technology in the twenty-first century have received significant changes and will keep evolving. The world and everything around you can change, and you choose not to move along with the tide. 

You may avoid growing alongside the change when you refuse to be open-minded toward a new wave of change. 

The ability to adapt to changes means you are flexible and flexibility is an important life skill to have. Keep an open mind towards change. 

18
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
― Buckminster Fuller.

It is only normal to seek to alter reality as it currently exists. By making minor adjustments and incorporating new elements, we hope to make things better. To make a real difference, we must offer a model or an experience that doesn't presently exist.

Change is a product of innovation. The world has changed thanks to innovative entrepreneurs who set out to think outside the box. 

People want something new and better so they are willing to let go of the old model and embrace the new one. 

If you want to enact a change, make the current model obsolete. 

19
“Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.”
― Roy T. Bennett.

Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses for your actions and decisions. Start taking action and become responsible for your dealings. The more you make excuses, the more irresponsible you become. 

If you are willing to make a change, avoid excuses. Don't try to explain every mistake and error. Blame yourself for any mistake. 

20
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
— Elbert Hubbard.

Continually being afraid of making mistakes is the greatest mistake you can make in life. Fear of making mistakes can stop you from starting and achieving something that can be monumental. If you don't start it because you are afraid of making mistakes, you've made the greatest mistake of all time. 

Becoming successful in life involves making mistakes. But it's not about making mistakes. It is about how you handle those mistakes. What matters is that you make mistakes and learn from them. 

21
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
– Oprah Winfrey.

Your attitude today determines your future. Give up on yourself now and face a doomed future; work on yourself now and change certain things about yourself you don't like and have a glorious lot waiting for you. 

What you do and change today determines the height you attain tomorrow. Identify attitudes that won't take or keep you at the top and eliminate them. 

22
“One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world”
— Malala Yousafzai.

Every child should have equal access to educational opportunities. Every child has a right to learn about recent and historical international events. Society can change with information. Therefore, the world can change with one child, instructor, book, and pen. 

Change happens but planned change is better. As a leader, you need to know how to influence your team members or employees to change. 

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23
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he dares to lose sight of the shore.”
– Andre Gide.

Embarking on your first big journey might be terrifying. But unless you take that initial step, which requires bravery, you'll never do anything.

When you take that action, you give up your safety and all you perceive to be “safe.” It's a brave thing to undertake because it's frightening.

What are you scared of doing? What dream scares you to the point that you are afraid to take a step? If that dream scares you, then it is a perfect dream and the more reason to leave your comfort zone and strive to pursue it. 

24
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
— C.S. Lewis.

It would be best if you tried to let go of the past and focus on the future. Letting go of the past means you shouldn't constantly bemoan your history. To prevent repeating the same mistakes in your life, you need to learn from your mistakes. 

We need to let go of the past to create a better and brighter future for ourselves. 

25
“The power to change your life lies in the simplest of steps.”
– Steve Maraboli.

The change you seek may not be as complex and challenging as you imagine. All it needs from you is to take the necessary and required steps. You may discover that they were not as complicated and hard as you made them on the way. 

Will there be obstacles? Yes, there would be, but the power and desire for change will fuel overcoming such challenges. All you need to do is step out first and take that action. 

Quotes That Inspire You To Embrace Change 

26
“Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
― Roy T. Bennett.

Change first begins in your mind. Embrace change before it sneaks up on you. Avoid getting caught up in the quicksand of the comfort zone. It is easy to be idle and does nothing, but doing nothing takes you nowhere. 

To reach the end of your comfort zone and start paving the way for your success, you must reach outside the box and explore things you doubt you can do. 

Although change is inevitable, there are 4 things you need for a successful change to happen. 

  • Vision: Your vision is the goal you want to achieve. When there is no vision, there will be no direction and this confuses.
  • Skills: You need to develop the necessary skills required to take you to the next level 
  • Resources: These resources can include your mind (knowledge) and willpower (strength)
  • Action plan: Without an action plan, you will move around in circles. An action plan makes goals possible to achieve 
27
“To design a future of positive change, we must first become experts at changing our minds.”
— Jacque Fresco.

Change first begins in your mind. Each thought, conscious or unconscious, sows seeds and your actions are the beneficiaries of such seeds. All thoughts steer you in a particular direction. 

If you possess positive thoughts, they move you close to positive desires, while negative thoughts move you further away from positive dreams and disease. 

Possessing your thought pattern will go a long way in shaping your future. Renew your mind.

Always remember that your mind is the catalyst of your actions. Focus on embracing positive thoughts

28
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
― Madonna.

There is room for improvement for anyone, irrespective of what they did in the past. This improvement is a guide to becoming a better person. Please don't allow the weight of history to drag you down or keep brooding over the past and use it as a scale for judging yourself. 

If you want to become a better version of yourself at work, you need to work towards it. Develop productive work ethics to make you more effective and efficient. Improve your communication skills, and practice self-management skills

As long as you are alive, there will always be room for development. You can always do better and best. 

29
“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead. 

A revolution starts with a small crowd of people. But, these people are ready for change and willing to go to any length for the change they desire. 

You cannot sit down and expect change to go your way. It will go the way it wants. So, it is up to you to direct the change to where you want. 

Those people who changed the world did not do so sitting down and doing nothing. They didn't “simply' just wish for change. Instead, these people went out to follow their dreams, even with the little they had. 

30
“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.”
– Alfred North Whitehead.

It is necessary to balance keeping business organizations and plans somewhat organized to make meaningful progress. Then, identifying and putting change strategies into action. To strike this balance, a strategy must be in place. These strategies must be a series of worthwhile goals for the company and link the business goals and visions. 

31
“We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea.”
— C. JoyBell C.

Sometimes, our comfort zone seems like the best place for us. Are you aware that there exists a place more comfortable than your comfort zone? A place that is more pretty than your comfort zone. You won't know this unless you step out. That is the place of growth.

Will the change be stressful? Yes. But is that a reason to get scared? No. 

32
“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong.”
– N.R. Narayana Murthy.

The worst thing you will ever do to your dreams and generation is to remain stuck in a place with no intention of making a change. Take a proper analysis of where you are now and ask yourself if it is what you envisioned for yourself. If it is, you can stay or still aim higher. If it is not, it is time to steer the ship. 

33
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
― Malala Yousafzai. 

Every child has the right to provision. Every child should have an equality of opportunity to receive an education. You can only change society through knowledge. 

34
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment.

Change is scary, but what thing about fears is that they are designed to be faced. If you don't go head-on with fears, it cages and keeps caging you. 

Face that fear; take that step. Do it, afraid. Yes, people may talk but they still, do it. You won't have friends during the change stage, but many friends will come during the success stage. 

35
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
― Mary Shelley.

Sometimes you have everything all mapped out and planned out, only for something somewhere to come in and change your plans, scattering everything. This disorients you and throws you off balance…

However, what you have to do is to re-strategize and get back on your feet.

36
When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
― Haruki Murakami. 

Storms act like refiners. You can never come out the same way you entered. Yes, they are there to challenge you and add another cap to your strength. 

37
“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche.

Your mindset can give you the life you desire or hinder you from ever getting it. If you still have the same level of knowledge as you did about ten years ago, you are almost non-existent. 

People change. Living things develop. Scientists and philosophers have discussed it several times before now. 

Everything thing in this world is subject to change, so you have to be ready for it. 

38
“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”
― Leo Tolstoy.

There is no fun in a life planned out already and strictly followed. Even a life like this is still susceptible to tantrums from the universe. Lessons are constantly learned as changes step by step, altering the original plan. Experiences are gained more with little changes. And what's a true life without experience?

39
“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”
— Walt Disney.

Anything can happen at any time to push you off the track of what you want to do for the future. However, keeping your mind focused and ready for what comes your way is a good start.

40
“I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back….”
― Erica Jong. 

It's completely okay to be afraid to do things the unplanned way. Sometimes, a little spontaneity doesn't hurt anyone. Your ability to overcome fear and do the right thing counts the most. 

You don't need to overthink things. There is no point in doing so. When you embrace change, you find out that you can do just about anything. 

41
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
― Mary Shelley.

The human body doesn't like change. It wants to remain where it is already comfortable without stress. However, it is only through discomfort we can achieve our goals. Sometimes, you must deny the body what it wants, 

Learn to create this denial, so you can keep taking steps that matter in your life and toward your goal. 

The problem with getting too comfortable and not wanting change is that you will never know how far you can go. You will be stuck in a limited position while others go ahead to achieve greater things. 

42
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
— James Baldwin. 

Your courage to deal with situations that pop out matters a lot. Whether good or bad, you have to grow the stamina to handle them. Leaving them dormant solves nothing for you or anyone. 

43
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
— Lao Tzu.

You can't control what happens to you or even when it happens. All you have control over is your reaction to it. Don't force anything; let it flow off its natural course. Who knows what you might learn or gain from it?

44
“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”
― Philip Pullman.

So far, it is your actions that define who you are. People see your actions, giving them an impression of you, good or bad.

There's no change for you until there's a fair shot at changing how you act.

What smart goals have to set for your growth? What actions have you taken to achieve those goals?

45
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”
– Henri Bergson.

Anything that exists is subject to change. Even the trees in the forest change. Change is a core aspect of life.

Change is core to growth, maturity, and even success. Open yourself up to accept changes, the good ones that can put you in the right place for better things tomorrow. 

Conclusion

Change is never sweet, especially the ones that come with letting go of some relationships and beliefs. The brain can also unconsciously resist changes. 

However, if you are firm in making changes, you must deny the body and brain what it thinks it deserves and give them what it needs. 

Identify the key areas you want to change and take it one step at a time. 

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Anastasia Belyh

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Anastasia has been a professional blogger and researcher since 2014. She loves to perform in-depth software reviews to help software buyers make informed decisions when choosing project management software, CRM tools, website builders, and everything around growing a startup business.

Anastasia worked in management consulting and tech startups, so she has lots of experience in helping professionals choosing the right business software.