One of the great things about life is that regardless of who you are, where you live, what your income is, what your age, or where you’ve come from….you have the ability to choose every day what you will focus on.
Have you been talking about what you are going to do, rather than just doing it?
Do you talk about getting in shape? Do you talk about saving money? Do you talk about finishing your degree? Do you talk about that book you are going to write?
If so, isn’t it time to stop talking and start taking action?
Too many people do not take action on their goals. They have in their mind something they want to do, but that’s as far as it gets! Their intentions to “some day” get to it are never realized. Someday never comes.
They live on a fantasy Island called, “Someday Isle”. Someday I’ll start working out…Someday I’ll go back to school….Someday I’ll start working on that goal.
If that’s you, then it’s time to get off of Someday Isle!
Take a moment to honestly evaluate your own life. What have you been thinking about, dreaming about, talking about….but haven’t yet taken action on?
There comes a time when you have to say enough is enough. It’s time to get to work. There comes that moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear. -David Mahoney Click To Tweet David Mahoney said, “There comes that moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear.”
The graveyard is full of books that will never be written, songs that will never be sung, inventions that will never come to be, dreams that will never be lived out.
It’s quite sad and it makes me ask, “Why do so many people fail to take action?”
One reason is fear. The fear of failure prevents many from going for it. Les Brown is known for asking this question, “If you had to live your life over again again, do you think you could have done more than what you have done thus far? What we do, what we accomplish, what we produce in life is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s possible.”
What’s possible for you? If you refused to give in to your fear what would you do?
Don’t let the fear of failure sabotage your success. And don’t wait for the fear to go away. Fear is a common emotion that even the best experience. The difference is whether or not you give in to your fears. Be the kind of person who has fears, but takes action anyway.
In any situation you have both fear and courage. It’s just a matter of which one you will allow do dominate your thinking. Most people allow their fear to rule over their courage. However, it’s not the absence of fear that you need, it’s having the fear, but moving forward anyway. It’s being willing to get out of your comfort zone, and willing to take a risk.
Often people don’t take action because they are afraid of what other people might think. “What if I try and it doesn’t work?” “What if I’m not successful?” These are the wrong questions to ask. Instead ask, “What if it does work?” What if I am successful?
It’s time for you to realize how powerful you are, and how much you CAN accomplish….but you have to take action.
I often talk about “pain of discipline” vs “the pain of regret”. In life we have two very real pains we must choose from. The absent of pain is never the goal, because living a pain-free life is simply not possible. You must choose the pain of discipline to move, to act, to get it done…or you choose the pain of regret for not taking action and giving in to your fear.
If all you do is talk about it and don’t take action, you will pay the price of regret….and the pain of regret is much great than the pain of discipline.
Write down 1, 2 or 3 things you have been putting off. Determine which one is the most important; which one will give you the greatest sense of satisfaction when it’s completed? Then take action. Take action today, no matter how small it may be. And every day after that take action!
|Attitude check! Your attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG |
I don’t think anything has ever been written that better describes the importance of attitude than these words from Chuck Swindoll.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.
1. Focus on other’s needs instead of your wants.
The great Zig Ziglar used to say, “You’ll get everything you want out
of life if you just help enough people get what they want.” Be the kind
of person who thinks of others before yourself. Remember Self-absorbed
people are miserable.
2. Listen first, speak second. There is a reason God gave you two ears and one mouth! Listen twice as much as you speak. Do people say you are a good listener? With a little practice this is a skill you can easily develop and will help improve every relationship you have.
3. Resist the urge to complain. It won’t make anything
better and it brings negative energy to the room. This isn’t you!
Bring positive energy with your presence, your words, and your
attitude. People will want to be around you.
4. Count your blessings not your problems. No matter how bad things are or how many problems you are dealing with, stop and count your blessings. And start with the ones we so easily take for granted.
5. Respond instead of react. When you are sick and have a reaction to your medicine that’s bad; when your body responds that’s good! If you are faced with a situation that makes you angry today do not react out of emotion. Be the kind of person who responds rationally with thought and poise.
6. Make time to exercise! You know you need to. You want to. You plan to…If this is describers you get some momentum this week by starting today. You’ve heard it said, “Day One or One day? Your body will release endorphins and you’ll feel better, be more focused, and have more energy.
7. Acknowledge God is your source and be continually thankful for every breath He gives. Always acknowledge that God is the source of your life and the giver of every good thing you have.
Choose to make it a great day!
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.
They see someone who has a bigger house, or a nicer car, or makes more money, or has the “perfect family”, or has some quality they want, and in their minds they begin to chase after what someone else has.
Do you like the results you are getting in your family, in your marriage, in your work, in your relationships, in your health?
I want to remind you this morning that there is one person who is responsible for the results in your life, and that one person is YOU. Here are 4 thoughts to help you move from where you are to where you want to be:
Jim Rhon said, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” I have found this to be true, but I’ve also found that change is hard to make.
If you’re like a lot of people I meet and work with, there are things in your life that you would love to change. I read of a study that said 92% of people who attempt to make a change are not able to actually make it.
Tiger Woods is back to winning! His win yesterday is one of the greatest comeback stories of all time. I was watching the news today and heard a reporter tell of a conversation he had with Tiger a year ago.
The reporter asked, “Tiger, you’re so close, what’s it going to take to start winning?”
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.
I was remembering a great leadership lesson I learned from the legendary UCLA coach, John Wooden. I was fortunate many years ago to join about 20 other high school coaches in a private round table session with Coach Wooden on the Bruin campus.
At the time Dennis Rodman was an NBA star getting much attention because of his antics and demonstrative style.
I asked Coach Wooden, “Coach, how would you handle a player like Dennis Rodman?”