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Start With Yourself

The following words are written on the tomb of an Anglican bishop in the crypts of Westminster Abbey:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it too seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example, I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.


As we at Collegiate Empowerment like to say: "You can't lead others until you first lead yourself." Start with yourself. Take others to a place you have been, knowing that you could "have been" there in your lucid imagination. It is said that the best runners in the world see themselves crossing the finish line, imagine what they'd look like and how they'd feel as they cross the finish line, and hear what others will be saying in that moment. Get there first.

What do you need to change for yourself?