Quotes That Have Changed My Life – Volume 1

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

I have a passion for quotes and firmly believe in their ability to change a person’s life when read, reflected upon, and applied seriously.

The very essence of a quote is insight and wisdom derived from other people’s life experiences and packaged through their own lens in the most direct and to-the-point method possible.

These ideas get you thinking, make you nod your head, and help you to express your own opinions and feelings (I know they have certainly helped me express mine) and may help you live your life in a more fulfilling way.

Below, you will find my first installment of 2 quotes that have changed my life.

If any of the quotes below resonate with you, be sure to spend some time reflecting on them yourself and thinking about how you can apply their insight to your life – a year from now, you’ll be glad you did!

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” ~ Anthony Robbins

After starting MoveMe Quotes in 2010 (you can read the MMQ story here), I remember this quote being one of the first to resonate deeply with me, to the point where it became a part of my everyday conversations with people.

People would talk with me about lifestyle, habit, and life challenges and I remember thinking to myself of the subtle yet powerful wisdom packed in the above quote.

…If you keep on doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve been getting.

It made so much sense, yet is so matter-of-fact that many people fail to see it!

…If you want to become healthier than you’ve been, then you’re going to have to change something that you’ve been doing!

…If you continue eating and exercising the same way and using the same methods you always have – how is anything going to change?!

When I truly internalized this idea, I started looking at growth opportunities with a new set of eyes.

It was no longer about looking at the same foods, diets, resources and trying what I’d always tried before – it was about getting outside of my comfort zone and challenging myself in new ways that would provide the growth that I really wanted.

The same old efforts will produce the same old results.

Ask yourself:  Is what I’m doing now really different from what I’ve done in the past, or am I doing the same(ish) thing I have always done…?

The next quote goes hand-in-hand with Anthony Robbins’ insight and was said by Albert Einstein.  He said:

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

Once again, this quote resonated with a deep part of me and felt so matter-of-fact once I internalized it.

…Of course you can’t solve a problem with the same level of thinking that you had when you created the problem (otherwise there wouldn’t be a problem because you would’ve already had the solution worked out before it was created!) – you need to raise your consciousness!  Duh.

But what I continued to notice in my own life and in the lives of others was that this concept wasn’t being fully applied.

…What do I mean?

When faced with the problem of becoming healthier or more fit, many people are quick to subscribe to the fad diets, and the quick, short-term solutions, and are slow to properly research and immerse themselves in the topic so that they may expand their consciousness.

You see, regardless of what problems/ challenges you’re facing in life – the reason that they are there and affecting you the way they are, is because you haven’t expanded your consciousness enough to the point where they can be resolved.

…And all problems/ challenges are solved twice – first in the mind and second in reality.

…So if you get your mind right first, your life will follow.

How do you expand your consciousness to better solve problems?


Read more high quality source material and then read some more.  Once I understood this – my approach to solving problems drastically changed and so much more in my life started to make sense (because I was reading more than I ever had)!

Ask yourself:  What problems/ challenges am I facing right now in my life?  How can I expand my consciousness so that I may better handle these problems/ challenges?  What literature might I be able to pick up so that I can start immersing myself in solutions?

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A good place to start.

3 books that have probably had the biggest influence on my life so far:

1)  Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

2)  As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

3)  The Book of Understanding by Osho

6 Responses to Quotes That Have Changed My Life – Volume 1

  • A search for the “thought of the day” made me responsible for the tomorrow, enabled me to grow despite my old age. Thus everything is possible again. Is i t not a fantasy?
    The quotes awakened me and warned against reading without reflecting on the message and leaving the response.

    • Well thank you for leaving your response, Tomas. I hope that you continue to grow not just for now, but for the rest of your life because as I mentioned in one of the comments above: “We don’t grow old. We get old by not growing.” Hope your days are filled with reading, reflection, challenge, and growth and that every day is another step forward on your journey. Cheers!

  • Thanks for these Matt, They remind me of the same good advice we can apply to our lives if we are faced with a life challenge such as blindness (my wonderful journey) as it is all about embracing life differently. May I share one of my favourite quotes: “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfluy” Richard Bach…just got to do it again, differently!

    • It is my pleasure, Maribel! Thank you for sharing that quote and for briefly sharing your journey with us. A beautiful thought indeed that just when the caterpillar thinks it’s life is over and the world is about to end, it undergoes metamorphosis and becomes a butterfly. A lesson to be remembered as we keep moving forward in life ourselves… 🙂

  • If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.. from a fitness and personal perspective for a long time that was the story of my life til I met our master Mr hogan and started seeing things differently.. and these last two years I’ve done everything in my power to do more and do things different. Makes life more exciting.

    • Not a master, Aaron! Just a guy passionate about learning, sharing, and connecting. Same old, same old leads to stale living and death. Growth is the secret to vibrance and life! As Gary Mack said, “We don’t grow old. We get old by not growing.” Cheers to living outside of the comfort zone for the past two years and for many, many years to come!!

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