Movie Quote Thursday – Change


When is the last time you engaged in meaningful change in your life? I’m not talking about the kind of change that is sourced as a by-product of the natural order of life, but rather the kind of change that is effected through a purposeful self-intervention. Of course, not everybody desires meaningful change, nor does everybody embrace the change they do desire in such a way as to assure meaningful transformation. Why? Because meaningful change –– especially that which is self-imposed –– is genuinely difficult. But things don’t always go as planned, and let’s face it, sometimes life gets in our way.

Effecting meaningful and lasting change in ourselves requires taking many steps, and we can begin taking those steps only after sitting down and having an honest, deep, heart-to-heart with ourselves in order to determine what we really want in life. We need to ask tough questions such as: “Am I the most I can be in this life?” and “Am I making my dreams a priority?” and “Am I taking charge of my days or are my days taking charge of me?” 

Perhaps you think that self-reflection is a luxury not everybody can engage in, but I think self-reflection is one of the most necessary pursuits we can have. By regularly assessing our lives we can proactively take charge of our journey and take the roads we should take in order to achieve the destinations we want to achieve. Keeping blinders on in pursuit of a goal is admirable, but life doesn’t present us with many easily recognizable finish lines. Rather, we are always evolving and growing. Life is full of turning points and wayposts, not finish lines.

If you’re interesting in further thoughts on the steps necessary to effect change, you can click here to view a piece I wrote that explores the 10 Steps to Meaningful Change. You might not want to change –– or need to –– but, if you do, I hope you’ll find my thoughts useful along the way.

With that thought in mind, here are a few movie quotes on the subject of change:

“If you’re prepared to adapt and learn, you can transform.” Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service

“People get up everyday and tell themselves they’re going to change their lives and they never do.” Ben Affleck in The Town

“Screws fall out all the time. The world is an imperfect place.” Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club

“Are you sure you’re ready for the world to see you as you really are?” Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier