15 Change Quotes that Challenge Your Thinking

 In Leadership, Leadership Development, Organizational Change
 Change is inevitable, and it’s happening faster. See these change quotes for clues about what to do. Psychologists say we are creatures of habit, and that’s where most of our resistance to change comes from. Charles Darwin discovered, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” Technology seems to be driving change and it’s a challenge for everyone to keep up with it. I believe an important question is, how will we-you-me adapt and not just survive but thrive? Check out these other change quotes. I hope they are thought provoking.

15 Change Quotes to Challenge Your Thinking

  1. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein
  2. “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” Benjamin Disraeli
  3. “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Benjamin Franklin
  4. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” Gail Sheehy
  5. “I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.” Georg C. Lichtenberg
  6. “Change before you have to.” Jack Welch
  7. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy
  8. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
  9. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou
  10. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa
  11. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale
  12. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” R. Buckminster Fuller
  13. “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” W. Edwards Deming
  14. “Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers, and business.” Mark Sanborn
  15. For a laugh… “Change is inevitable–except from a vending machine.” Robert C. Gallagher

Putting Change to Work

Be clever enough to adapt as the New Year approaches. What must you change to help your team or others enjoy more success? What must you change to realize a better year for yourself?

Also read this post for managing change: Why Change Management Must Change. Check out this complimentary eBook on Changing Change Management. 

15 Change Quotes that Challenge Your Thinking

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15 Change Quotes that Challenge Your ThinkingRick and his business partner Doug published these approaches in their book, Superstar Leadership. They created the Superstar Leadership Model as a way to remember and apply the principles.


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Rick Conlow
Rick Conlow is the CEO & Founder of Rick Conlow International, a consulting, training and coaching firm. He has helped over 200 companies such as Target, Costco, Andersen Windows, Spectrum, Northern Power, Meijer, Carpet King, International Truck, John Deere, Lowes Financial, and Canadian Linen improve customer loyalty, increase sales and add profits. Rick has been a general manager, vice president, training director, program director, and national sales trainer. He has authored 22 books, and regularly speaks at conferences and to audiences of all sizes.
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