Archives For Change

Trust Your Path

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

trust your path

Sometimes life can lay a serious smack down on you.

Ripping everything you hold most dear away from you.

Throwing you off course. Tossing you into unchartered territory.

Tearing your heart in two.

Thrashing you to the floor.

Leaving you broken and bruised – confused and alone.

All the strength sucked right out of your life.

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Can People Change?

Ian Paul Marshall —  August 10, 2010

Can people changeCan People Really Change?

“It’s only on the brink that people find the will to change. Only at the precipice do we evolve.” Professor Barnhardt ~ The Day The Earth Stood Still

I watched a TV special about a hooker the other night.

She started turning tricks when she was 16.

Lost her virginity on her first call.

She would have probably ended up dead in a hotel room somewhere but something special happened. Continue Reading…

Changing Your LifeAre You Thinking About Changing Your Life?

We all get stuck sometimes. Becoming slaves to our own circumstances. Our days blurring into one, and our lives become dull and drab.

And even though it’s Monday and the week has just started we dream and long for the weekend.

After we suffer in silence for as long as our heart will allow we begin to think about changing our lives.

But changing your life is no easy task. And deep down we know that.

So is there something that you can do to help you with the process of changing your life?

Two researchers think they may have figured it out. Continue Reading…

Worst that could happenWhat Is The Worst That Could Happen?

I’ve experienced many things in my life. Dreadful things by many accounts. For example I’ve spent three months locked in a mental institute. Literally strapped to a bed for my own good and the good of others. Not allowed outside for weeks at a time.

When I was  twelve I was kicked out of my house. Me and my parents couldn’t see eye to eye. I lived on the streets. Going to sleep at night in a little hut that I built in a wooded area.

So when a friend of mine asked me for some advice about a rough patch that he was going through the first thing that came to mind was, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Continue Reading…

Personal Development & Zombies

Personal development and zombies don’t usually get brought up in the same sentence. But in my crazy mixed up world somehow they’ve gotten smooshed together.

Me and my wife watched Zombieland last night and we loved it! It stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. There’s even a cameo by Bill Murray with a huge Ghost Busters reference.

Now I wasn’t watching the movie with the eye to discover real-world life lessons. But as it went on there were a couple of them snuck in there to really take this movie to the next level for me.

If you’re open to it, all things, people, and situations can teach you something and help you with your personal development.

Personal Development Lessons Learned From Zombies

Nut Up or Shut Up
One of my favorite sayings that I heard years ago is, “You can’t complain about what you permit.”

Complaining: We get sucked into it at work, we sit around the table and whine about it when we’re out with our friends, and we grumble about it under our breath when we’re alone. Sometimes secretly resenting a person or situation, pointing fingers and blaming external forces for our crappy life.

Well like Woody says in the movie, “Nut up or shut up.”

We have more power then we give ourselves credit for.

Is there something that’s bothering you about your life?

Why is it bothering you?

What have you done to help create it?

What’s the lesson hidden within it?

And remember the Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.” Continue Reading…

4 Simple Ways To Push Past Your Personal Boundaries

I heard an interesting story the other day about Koi fish. Not sure if it’s an urban legend or not.

It said that Koi fish will only grow as large as their environment will allow for.

For example if you place a Koi in a fish bowl it’ll only grow up to about three inches. If you took that same fish and placed it in a backyard pond it’ll grow to about eighteen inches.

Most amazing though, is that if you place that same fish in a large lake, the Koi will grow to be about three feet or more.

So the fish’s growth it totally dependent on the environment it’s placed in.

This is similar to our own lives and the undo limitations that we place on ourselves.

We’ll only grow as far as we give ourselves permission to.

So if you want your life to grow, shatter your bowl.

Break free from the fears and doubts that are holding you back.

Realize that the boundaries and limitations that are in your life are more often than not self imposed prisons.

If your going to impose anything on yourself why not impose greatness? Continue Reading…


Ian Paul Marshall —  January 11, 2010 — 2 Comments

bttrfly-org“If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” ~ Unknown

Nothing is fixed. Everything’s evolving. All things are in a constant state of becoming. You, me and even the stars.

We forget that sometimes.

Becoming rigid in our views of the world, each other and even ourselves.

But this life is mere putty. To be shaped by a set of skilled hands that are our own.

This is what we must remember.

That we make ourselves into whatever it we choose.

This is the blessing and sometimes the curse of freewill. We have the power to direct our thoughts, words, emotions, actions and press our will upon the formless realms of existence. This then gives rise to form. Giving birth to ourselves.

Change happens in the unseen realms of our lives. With each choice that we make we collapse potentiality into reality. The images that we hold within our minds and hearts get outpictured into our lives.

Life is but a feedback loop of the process that is happening within you.

So how can we transform our lives and use this inherent power that is within us? Continue Reading…


Somewhere deep inside of us there has to be some sort of progression gene. Something that spurs us on to becoming better aspects of ourselves. We can feel it’s presence when life starts to feel dull and boring.

But the problem is that we really don’t like to change. We think we do but we don’t. We hate it. Even fight and rage against it. We’re lazy creatures if we’re allowed to be.

Who wouldn’t want to be on a beach somewhere relaxing right now?

But in the end, whether we like it or not, life keeps moving forward. Change is a constant within the universe. One that we really try hard to ignore.

So how can we really tackle the whole self-improvement thing then?

If we really don’t like to turn off the Vampire Diaries, get up off the couch and do those sit-ups or read that book is there something out there that can make this process a little bit easier on us?

I think there is…

It’s called Kaizen, which is usually translated as “improvement” or in the business circles as “continuous improvement”.

Toyota adopted this philosophy. Even Anthony Robbins based his CANI (Constant and Never-Ending Improvement) method around the Kaizen philosophy. Continue Reading…

Is Failure An Option?

Ian Paul Marshall —  November 19, 2009 — 6 Comments


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw

Why are we so afraid to fail?

I don’t think children even know what failure is. Or if they do they choose to ignore it. Focussing on their goal instead. Totally absorbed by it. Learning from each time that they fall short.

How many times does a child fall down before they finally learn to walk? 50, 75, or maybe even 100 times? Maybe even more.

Imagine that those little ones gave up after the first, second or even the third try at something new.

But this is exactly what we adults do. Well that’s if we choose to do anything at all. We either give up too soon, don’t try at all, or fail to see the wisdom hidden within the experience itself.

Well I say that in order to grow, to flow, and to find the greatest fulfillment in life we must Continue Reading…


Ian Paul Marshall —  November 6, 2009 — 2 Comments

grwth“Life needs continuous growth. The moment you stop its growth, it starts dying. So go into the world full of songs, full of dance and abundant love, and give it unconditionally, without any judgment, to anybody who is receptive — and you will go on growing in the experience both deeper and higher.” OSHO

Lovers are the greatest givers. Giving their love. Giving themselves. Sharing their life. Moving and being moved by the motion of their hearts.

When we begin to fall in love we enter into a stage of accelerated growth. We expand our lives and live as if each moment of existence has grasped our hands tightly, and worried that the moment will pass us by, we hold on as fiercely as we can.

When we love we tap into the ever bountiful depths of existence. Which is a secret place hidden Continue Reading…