Aug 16, 2019

Do you know who you are? You’ve heard it before, “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”, but have you ever taken a moment to interpret what exactly that means in terms of change? 

On the outside lie the words you speak, the clothes you wear, and the things you do; it’s your interface with the world. On the inside lies a certain way of perceiving the world, and the emotions and feelings that flow out of that perception. 

Real change can only come when that internal perception changes. External factors may influence the need for change, but it is only when your internal self realizes the need for change that you can actually see it through. 

External Factors

External factors often influence your thoughts so you believe there is a need for change. This is generally why or how you begin making changes.

External factors, or external motivators, are things like appearance or status. For example, most people tend to work out because they want to lose weight. Unfortunately, those who pursue change based on external factors rarely see permanent change. 

When change is motivated by external factors, things that are outside of your control are ultimately determining your success or failure. Since you cannot control external factors, you are unlikely to achieve long-lasting or permanent change. 

However, when you change based on internal factors, you’re better equipped to make permanent changes. 

Internal Factors

Internal motivation is key to successful change. When you are motivated by internal factors, you’re more likely to achieve long-term, successful change because you hold yourself accountable. 

If you focus on internal motivators, you’re more likely to make sustainable choices because you are putting more emphasis on your feelings, thoughts, or emotions. Wanting to change to make yourself a better person is a better motivator than wanting to change for someone else. 

Try focusing on change you can feel, rather than change you can see. For example, instead of focusing on losing weight, you can focus on increasing your stamina or gaining strength. You’re still likely to see external changes, such as a change in appearance, but your main focus is on internal factors which will increase the likelihood of seeing permanent change. 

Change Your Mind

Quality of life is created by the emphasis, emotions, and meaning (also known as our internal processes) that we place on events that happen. If you can change your mind to see these processes in an optimistic light, you can change your perceptions in a more positive way.

By being more optimistic, we allow ourselves the opportunity to make real, positive change. When internal factors are your motivators, real change can happen. 

Is change really only a thought away?

About Roy Murad (edited from

Roy Murad is a father, husband, business advisor, investor, consummate entrepreneur, and advocate for new business ventures. Over the course of 35 years, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience from building businesses, guiding companies, and identifying strong investment opportunities – all while nurturing a thriving family. Now, he looks to share his valuable experience with everyone who desires to live a balanced and successful life.

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