Victor Frankl.

26 Oct 2013

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." Victor Frankl.

Victor Frankl was a Holocaust survivor and a psychiatrist and wondered why certain people managed to live through this atrocity and others simply gave up and idled, which he explores in his best-seller 'Man's Search for Meaning'.

He chronicled his experiences as a concentration camp inmate which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus, a reason to continue living.

His extreme experience where he could change nothing except himself - opened a door for him and he became one of the key figures in existential therapy and a prominent source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists.

What situations are you now in where you want others to change?

Maybe it even upsets or disturbs you - why - since the only person you can change is yourself?

All too often, since humans are animals of habit in a world where the only constant is change, we are our own creators of stress.

What can you change about yourself today in a proactive manner, rather than wait until you discover you cannot change the situation and by then, with far greater stress, realise it is you who have to change?

Explore this at work or home... and see what falls out!

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