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 Wings of Change - Self Improvement

When my clients, people just like you, start working with me to gain the objectives of improving their life, one of the first things I ask is, “How many people have direct influence over your life, such as your spouse, children, friends, relatives, etc.?” This lays down a specific directive for my client to assess.

Why should you care? These are the same people that have been influencing you throughout your life. How do you think they will react to you making significant change in your life without consulting with them first? Some will think you are leaving the fold. Others will take steps to put you back into ‘your box’, so they do not need to make changes in their expectations of you.


The Path of Self-Improvement

When you first start on the path of #SelfImprovement, you will usually start alone; and most likely you will continue to walk this path alone. Self improvement is a very personal experience. Have you ever wondered why? I don’t often refer to songs, but there is one song that should be your mantra when you set out on the path of self improvement. The song is, “I Walk Alone” by Green Day. The lyrics fit the circumstances perfectly.

Once you really get moving along your path of #Change, you will become excited with your progress. Of course you will feel inclined, even passionate, to tell other people. This new way you have adopted is making you feel great! So, should you suggest to your partner that he or she should be making changes likewise; maybe similar changes to the ones you have made?

Just because you are making positive changes in your life does not mean that anyone else wants to. Most likely other people will consider in an insult if you suggest that they follow a similar course of action. Some #People believe you think less of them if they choose not to do what you are suggesting.


An Example of wanting to Help People:

I am blessed with accumulating a tremendous amount of valuable information. Recently, I had the opportunity to help a friend that has a progressive cancer. He has everything and everyone to live for. He has a worthwhile life – better than most people. Without him asking, I provided him with some specialized information, so that he has options to live longer and healthier. I gave him this information without expectation that he would ever read it, or do anything about it. When I gave it to him, I even told him that, “I did not expect him to do anything with it. But it was there for him if he chose to.”

It is unfortunate that he has chosen not to get around to it. It saddens me. But that is just how people are…

People don’t change People,

Crisis Changes People


Moral Support vs. Standing Alone

If you get moral support from those around you, feel blessed. Most people must walk their path lonely, and without support. Once in a while you may meet someone that is on a similar path as you; a kindred spirit. This is the Law of Attraction at work. Often these are the best people to be co-supportive with. Look for these people to appear. It is nice to find a friend while traversing adversity.

You may think my choice of the word “adversity” may be a negative way of thinking about doing something positive for yourself. Please take a moment to think about why we are driven to improve ourselves to begin with. Our dissatisfaction in ourselves is the reason why we pursue self improvement in our life. If we were not dissatisfied, there would be no reason to do anything in that direction. There are 2 specific rules here:

The need to change is greater than the burden to stay the same


The only constant in life is CHANGE

But you already know that people do not like change and resist it. It is in our nature. The “adversity” comes from the internal battle of contradiction.

Change is Inevitable


Benefit of Change

There is Benefit for you when you do things of your own accord, and without the coddling support you may wish you had. When you take on the risk, and potentials of both failure and success, it gives you a great sense of self-worth and feeling of accomplishment when you succeed. In reality, when you take on the risk for yourself, you will always put more effort into achieving success. Thus you are more likely to succeed. You are now confident to move forward and take more steps along your path.

On the other hand, if you are hand-fed and coddled through the experience, you will not have the opportunity to gain that sense of accomplishment; your reward for facing the struggle.


My recommendations for you, is to understand the pitfalls and proceed with “eyes wide open”. At least this way you will not be deterred from your path when the wolves are snapping at you. At times you may even feel that you have made a mistake by wanting to improve yourself. That is just your old resistance coming to the forefront. Your biggest battles for self-improvement will be waged within first. Once you overcome those battles and your older self, nothing can stand in your way to ultimate success.

Good Luck. The road of self-improvement is a rocky one. Prepare yourself accordingly.


Shannon Panzo

Great Things Happen Here!

Self-Improvement and Change for People

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  • Shannon,
    What happened? You are no longer posting articles as often. I find myself visiting your page looking for a new article to devour but of late it has been disappointing 🙁 looking forward to the next article.

    • Lawrence,
      I have many interests. I keep very busy. I will continue to write articles.

  • Thanks for your encouraging words! I will continue with ZOX Pro. Although most of my friends don’t know what I do, they still think I’m a little crazy. I only hope to bring love and hope into all the lives I touch. I feel I have friend at my back although we have never met. Keep up the work.

    • Robert,
      Sorry it has taken a while to answer this.
      Your goals are honorable. That is worth your adventure.
      Fill your life with love and joy.

  • Hello, my name is Lee, Edword, Jake, Kinyon, Phillips. I would like to tell you how inspirational this website is. Just like this article, at first, I was home with my family. Then, after high school, I tried to go to college. At first it did not work out, because nobody wanted to be on my side except for my family and some friends. So I had to decide for myself if I wanted to travel outward without their help.

    Yes I have finally made it. I fought 4 months with my mom and other peers to accomplish this. When I got into college I was nervous, but I knew what I had to do, and I got it done.

    I have lost every single one of my friends getting to where I am now. As I went along I made new friends as your article states. This is ever so interesting as to what you have written.

    I now own two houses and a half of a farm. Someday I am going to give the farm and one house to my mom to live in. I would love to read one of your books. I find the mind as a fascinating tool and an influence as of the responsibilities that you have on not only just your self, but for everyone else too. I am looking for a way I can mentally enhance my photographic memory so I can stop forgetting things easily. I would also like an email back too if you would?


    • Hi Lee,

      Sorry it took time getting back to you. I am glad the article hit home for you.

      All of our trainings have the element for rediscovering and using your photographic memory.

      The easiest place to start is ZOX Pro Training.


  • Hi! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Men need wealth to provide for family and oneself. This tribal mentality is foremost. As for me I too need money, primarily for the said reason, and much more. If one has money, one could help the society.

    Also engage in spiritual giving and make where you live a life of joy an abundance your community and the world.


  • Hi Shannon

    Do you have any views on fasting on long flights? Just liquids?


    • Christine,

      Most people find flying stressful and burdensome. Think! Why add the additional stress of fasting on top? Your body and your brain need food to make good decisions and have good judgment in situations. My recommendations would be to eat normally, but drink more to compensate for expected dehydration.


  • Hello, do you offer Dr. Welch’s recorded materials, I would gladly bye a copy.

    Thanks, BP

  • how can I actually learn Mental Photography?

  • The power of knowledge comes from true love and heart, Peace for the world.

  • What are you asking of me to get me started?