Keep in mind this fact, only four percent of what you do is a conscious thought, which means 96 percent of your actions and your beliefs and what you do is subconscious because you have programmed yourself so well. How many communities, organizations, churches or workplaces are just like this! Just because someone has different thoughts or they look different, people automatically react to them in a negative way.
How many of you grew up and said, “I'm not going to be like my mother?” How many of you are just like your mother, as in this story?
WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE IT THIS WAY!
A mother and daughter were preparing a roast for a family dinner. The daughter cut the ends off of the roast before putting it in the roaster, just as she was taught. She asked her mother, “why do we cut the ends off of the roast before we cook it?” “I am not sure,” said the mother. “I guess it makes it taste better, but let’s go ask grandma.”
So they went to ask Grandma. “Grandma?” asked the mother. “Why did you teach me to cut the ends off of the roast before cooking it?”
"Because it makes the roast taste better,” responded Grandma. “Besides, that is the way my mother taught me. Let’s go ask her.”
So the three of them went to the person who started the tradition of cutting of the ends off of the roast.
“Great-Grandmother why do you cut the ends off of the roast before you cook it? Does it make the roast taste better?”
“Heavens no,” said Great-Grandmother. “I cut the ends off of the end of the roast because that is the only way I could get it to fit into the pan I used.”
Sometimes it’s helpful to look at the history of why we do things. Is it really necessary to continue some of the things we do or do we do them just because we are comfortable doing it that way? Do we do things just because we have always done it that way before.
When you keep doing the things to get what you get, you keep getting the things you always got.
You can change without improving, but you cannot improve without changing.
Do you know anyone who has changed their life because of the intentional choices they’ve made contrary to their upbringing or circumstances? On rare occasions, we see someone break out because of a certain talent they have, or they want their life to be different than how they grew up. They say, “Absolutely not! I'm going to change my environment and I'm going to change the way I act to my environment. I’m outta here to find a new way to live!”
Maybe it’s you. You want more. You want different than you are living. It takes conscious thought and commitment to change a view of the world. It requires constant, diligent, it’s-in-your-heart-and-gut passion to change.
The biggest gap in growth is the gap between knowing and doing. In other words, you cannot grow if you do not do something toward growing. To discover the path in front of you, you have to start moving.
Just as Martin Luther King said, "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."