Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Power To Change


My experience is that most people underestimate their power to change and grow. They believe implicitly that yesterday's pattern must be tomorrow's. They do not see choices that -- objectively -- do exist. They rarely appreciate how much they can do on their own behalf if genuine growth and higher self-esteem are their goals and if they are willing to take responsibility for their own lives. The belief that they are powerless becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. 
This book, ultimately, is a call to action. It is, I now realize, an amplification in psychological terms of the battle cry of my youth: A self is to be actualized and celebrated -- not aborted and renounced. This book is addressed to all men and women who wish to participate actively in the process of their evolution -- as well as to psychologists, parents, teachers, and those responsible for the culture of organizations. It is a book about what is possible.

~ Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem