Are you someone who has a wishbone instead of a backbone?
Ronald Regan said, “Many a good man has failed because he has had his wishbone where his backbone should have been.”
Watching the Olympic games over the past couple of weeks, I’m reminded that years of discipline, sacrifice, and determination come down to one moment. All the pain that an athlete endures in training and preparing comes down to that one moment in the spotlight.
The level of preparation is insane. Every hour of sleep is calculated, every ounce of food is measured, every pound in the weight room is carefully weighed out to bring about the best results possible.
How many times have you identified something in your life you want to change, but failed to actually make that change?
Maybe you’ve wanted to change the time you wake up each day, or the time you go to bed, or you’ve wanted to change your spending habits, or eating habits. Maybe you’ve wanted to start a workout program.
The inability to change a habit can be frustrating and defeating.
There are many things in our life that cause fear. Many people fear failure. Some fear success. Some fear what others are going to think of them. Some fear the pain they must go through to reach a difficult goal.
Fear is a common emotion that we all must battle.
Too often we fall into a trap of comparing ourselves to other people. I see this so often in my work with young people, and sadly many adults continue to compare and compete with others their entire life.
The story is told of Walt Disney completing Disneyland in California, and then wanting to do something similar on the east coast. So he began building Disney World in Florida, but he passed away before it was finished. Walt’s brother, Roy, took over the project and saw it to completion.
Your thinking determines everything about the quality of your life. The way you think about yourself, and what you are capable of, will become your reality.
It was Henry Ford who said, “Whether you think you can or your can’t, you’re right.”
This past week I had the privilege of being the speaker at a youth camp, and after one of the services a young lady asked if she could talk to me. We sat down in the back of the chapel and I asked her how I could help her.
With her head down, she softly said, “I just don’t feel like I’m worth it.” She went on to tell me how other students picked on her, and she didn’t feel like she was worth anything.
Are you busy? Of course you are! Everyone has a to-do list a mile long, and we’re all working hard to get things done. We are all busy, but sometimes we think being busy is the same as being productive.
John Wooden said, “Never confuse activity with accomplishment.”