We Agnostics (Continue)
C: First, if you want to change, you've got to believe you can. If you don't believe, you'll never change. If you believe you can't then you'll stay right where you are for the rest of your life.
Now, he believed that the world was round, but that didn't do him a bit of good. Because he was still standing on the shore of the ocean when he believed that.
It was several, several months, and maybe, two or three years, before he made a decision to go find out. But after he made the decision, that didn't do him any good either, because he's still standing on the shore of the ocean. It was some months or years later, before he took action on that decision. He finally went to the King of Portugal. The king turned him down. Then he went to the Queen of Spain to get the money.
He got the money. He got the ships. He put the provisions in them. He hired the crews . They began to sail across the ocean. They took action. Then the results from that action is knowledge and faith.
Now, this is nothing new. We don't have the only corner on the market. People have used this for centuries in order to change the way they are. They believe they can change. They decide to try. Then they make decisions. Then they take action.
Now, if the results they get are not what they want, then it's evident that their belief was wrong. All they've got to do is go back and change the belief, and then decide, and then act, and try again. Eventually we get the right results, and then we know. That's all we're doing with the Twelve Steps of
"Alcoholics Anonymous." That's all we've got to do in anything to be successful.