14 Simple Statements That Can Change Your Perspective on Life

Did you know that you can make your life better simply by thinking? Do you realize that by reading some very basic ideas, placed in a certain order, you can raise your awareness, charge up your motivation, and even totally change your life. Your beliefs are powerful. Your thoughts can take you to wonderful and unexpected places in life.

Sometimes simple ideas have the most powerful and most profound effect on us. In an instant, your life can change for the better simply by reading a thought you’ve never considered, or being reminded of simple truths that you’ve forgotten. All it takes is the right seed planted at the right moment.

Here are 14 statements that can guide you to a simple but extraordinary conclusion about yourself:

Now is your greatest moment for change!

  • There are more than 7 1/2 billion people in the world, and you are just one of them.
  • More than likely, 99.99% of all the people in the world are not aware of any past mistakes you’ve made.
  • In 20 years, most of the people you’ve wronged will have forgiven you or forgotten about it.
  • In 100 years, it’s likely that everyone will have forgotten about any of your mistakes.
  • Ultimately, your mistakes are not nearly as important to other people as they are to you, so let them go!
  • Two of the most important things you can do in the future are, forget about your past errors, and start doing better right now!
  • No matter what you’ve done in the past, the future can be different.
  • What you do with the rest of your life is far more important than what you’ve done in the past.
  • No matter what you do with the rest of your life, you will get older…only, today, it’s not too late to create the kind of life you will be proud to look back on.
  • If you’re stuck in a rut, you only have to do one thing differently, today, to start changing your life.
  • Let your life be the demonstration of how you want people to see you.
  • Motivation is generated in the presence of a belief in yourself.
  • Your thoughts shape your behavior and your behavior shapes your life.
  • If you change your thoughts, you change your behavior; if you change your behavior, you change your life.


  1. Hi Scott,

    Great statements provided here, thought-provoking and creative.

    Letting go of the past opens up a brand new present and future. Once we are clear on the past we can reside in the Now and Now is when everything happens.

    Thanks for sharing your insight 🙂

    Ryan Biddulph
    Ryan Biddulph´s last blog post ..What Different Groups Of People Are Interested In Prospering With Cash Gifting

    • Ryan,

      Thanks! As you put it, “Now is when everything happens.”

      People sometimes get stuck in the past, especially where their mistakes are concerned. So it’s nice to get a reminder that can help you push out of the past funk and sort of erase it. Then it’s easier to move forward with enthusiasm and belief.


  2. This post reminds me of the quote, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”

    Most people don’t understand the power of their beliefs. If you don’t believe that you can acheive something, you’ll lack the motivation to try.

    • Jeff,

      Yeah, that’s a great quote. Is that by Henry Ford? I hadn’t thought of that one while writing this, but I agree. Motivation is very dependent upon our beliefs. Thanks for reading and commenting. I sincerely appreciate it.


  3. Just what I need right now Scott. It’s funny how our thoughts can influence who we are, yet we are not aware of it. 🙂

    • Walter,

      I think so too. There’s so much happening just beneath our awareness… so many things influencing our thoughts, our belief systems, and even our opinions of ourselves. But in the end, your opinion of yourself is the most important. Let’s face it, you gotta look at yourself everyday. When you look in the mirror, that’s the time to state who you are and pay no attention to what society is reflecting back onto you. Going back to the conversation on Nate’s blog (http://www.thewaythatyouwander.com/damm), we’re all so unique and we each have so much to offer. But the first step is to stop listening to everybody else telling you who or what you should be.


  4. Brendon says:

    Hi Scott

    This time last year I was going through a tough time at work – I had made a stuff up and was having to report to the Board on how I would turn the problem around – there was no simple solution and for the first time in my life I started to lose my positive outlook.

    The turning point was when I started to ask myself better questions and consciously change my state (as in Tony Robbins style teachings). Instead of asking “why me?” I started to ask “how can I turn this around and have fun in the process?”. The mental re-engineering did give a better outlook to tackle the problem and I solved the situation within the timeframe I had committed to the board.

    When I look back now it doesn’t seem as big a deal as I perceived it at the time. The reality is that I learned and grew from the experience which goes to show that there is good in everything.

    Best wishes for your site.


    • Brendon,

      Your experience of hitting a rough spot in life is of great value. At one point in our lives, we’ll all likely hit a rough spot like you did. But not everybody has the tools to navigate through them. When people hit that critical point in their experience, they either turn the corner and their resiliency kicks in, as with your situation when you reached your turning point, or they are gripped by fear and their self-esteem goes way down. If they begin to struggle, it can turn into a “perfect storm” where one bad thing leads to another. This is hard to recover from but not impossible.

      I’m real curious as to some examples of the type of questions you asked yourself to help pull yourself out of the mess. Those questions could possibly help other people do the same. In hind sight, the challenges of our lives tend to seem smaller when we have successfully come through them. But it’s important to realize how much stronger you are today because you used the power of your own thoughts and behavior to rewrite your life.

      I’m so glad you worked it out. You’re an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story…it really means a lot to me. Continue being awesome, Brandon!


  5. Brendon says:

    Hi Scott

    Thanks for your response to my comment. At the time I did go down the self-esteem spiral a little way, and family members and work colleagues did comment on my change in behavior – no longer the chirpy person I was.

    I wasn’t enjoying my time at work during that period, so one of the other questions I did start to ask on a daily basis after the turn point was “how can I make this the best day ever?”. I also started to conscious break routines – walking a different way to the office, climbing 8 flights of stairs rather than taking the elevators. When you walk into the office after 8 flights of stairs you tend to be in a different emotional state than the norm of the elevators – so I guess I was trying to interrupt my routine and introduce a little adventure.

    Thanks again

    • Brendon,

      The question you asked yourself is very important for anyone who wants to turn things around like you did. But how did you get to the point where you were even willing to ask yourself that question. So many people struggle every day with some crushing life issue and because of how hard life is, they have no capacity to even ask a question like that, but you finally reached that point. In my mind, that’s where the real story is…and it’s the story I would love to hear. If you’re willing to talk a little about this, I’d be grateful.


  6. These four are the best! Thanks for sharing, quite thought provoking.
    Let your life be the demonstration of how you want people to see you.
    Motivation is generated in the presence of a belief in yourself.
    Your thoughts shape your behavior and your behavior shapes your life.
    If you change your thoughts, you change your behavior; if you change your behavior, you change your life.

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