“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”
A quote, I believe, was made by Ralph Waldo Emerson. So many have called it their own but it does not matter.
The idea is that everything starts with our thoughts. What we think influences everything and is determined by our world view or perception of how we see things. If we are negative and always seeing the worst, it will be hard to ever succeed in life. If we blame other people for why we have not succeeded, victim mentality, will never get you where you want to go.
The key is to control what influences you and that begins with the people you associate with and the books you read, along with all other forms of input on social media etc. If you surround yourself with people that are fighting to succeed and taking the necessary action and are seeing progress, you will become just like them. If you read great personal development books versus the newspaper, you will experience progress.
It is all about making small, daily decisions that can help you get closer to your goals, not further away. You see, the hardest part is making the decision to succeed and control this stuff. From there, it’s a matter of managing that decision, daily, with the right inputs and the right corresponding thoughts.
How are you doing in your thought life? This might be a great time to take inventory of your thoughts and see if they are helping you get closer to your goals or further away.
Who we are in life is based on the books we read and the people we associate with.
If we associate with people who are trouble makers, who steal from others and do questionable legal things, we risk becoming like them. If we associate with chronic complainers and pessimists, we risk becoming like them.
If we associate with people who strive to be better at the jobs, their businesses, as a mom, as a dad, a brother, a sister, a son, a daughter, we risk their positive influence impacts us. I’d say that is a good thing.
We must take inventory of those people in our lives that are toxic. People that don’t make us feel good about ourselves. People that tell you “you will never accomplish that” or “you are not good at that.” People that are living in the past and are not future focused. We must learn to put a bouncer at the door of our brains and protect the input as well as those relationships we allow into our lives.
Life is too short to get off course. Be proactive, be aware of those in your circles and break free of those that hold you back!
In a world where people are competing with the Jones’s, attempting to find fulfillment in a career, a sport, even a relationship, there is always something missing.
Whether you believe it or not, God loves you & thinks you are amazing as you are, faults & all. He is not a cosmic killjoy trying to mess up your plans.
I’ve gone years of my life doing things my way & was always left short of being happy & fulfilled. No job, no money, no accomplishment, no alcohol ever brought true fulfillment.
Doing life God’s way is all about letting go of the reigns and realizing that, with Him, life is still hard but you can do more, become more, impact more because His ways are way easier & more effective than our own.
It’s where, I believe, true living begins.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
The question is do YOU have the right perspective? Or, are you cynical? Are you negative? Perhaps judgmental or always looking at the wrong side of the coin?
Your life will be the sum of your thoughts, your attitude, your choices & your actions.
The best part: YOU get to choose!
Too many people are always focused on the negative. The challenge, the obstacle, the hard work they have to do to reach their goal. What they should be doing is focusing on their goal & engage as many senses as possible to feel, see, taste, smell what it will feel like when they reach their goal.
Why focus on the wrong stuff when it only brings more negativity and lack of success in your life? With the news being largely negative and social media being a facade where people only show you what is going on great with their lives, people are constantly chasing an illusion.
Your mindset, your perspective and how you see you world will determine your reality.
CHOOSE to focus on the positive. CHOOSE to focus on the good stuff. Your life, your happiness and your fulfillment hang in the balance!
Life is a game of inches. It is what you do, daily, that makes all the difference.
Are you not accomplishing your goals?
Are you frustrated with your business or your career?
Show me what you do on a daily basis & I will show you where you will be in 2-5 years from now. Success is doing the best you can with what you’ve got where you are. You are either taking action that is helping you get closer to your goals or NOT taking action which means you are simply staying further away. It is a daily decision that determines your success. Making the decision is the hard part. The easy part is managing that decision, daily, with a good dose of consistent, positive-focused mental energy & action.
As Al Pacino states in Any Given Sunday…
“You know when you get old in life
things get taken from you.
That’s, that’s part of life.
you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game
life or football
the margin for error is so small.
one half step too late or to early
you don’t quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don’t quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in ever break of the game
every minute, every second.
On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know
when we add up all those inches
that’s going to make the f****g difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.
I’ll tell you this
in any fight
it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know
if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
because that is what LIVING is.
The six inches in front of your face.
Now I can’t make you do it.
You gotta look at the guy next to you.
Look into his eyes.
Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
You are going to see a guy
who will sacrifice himself for this team
because he knows when it comes down to it,
you are gonna do the same thing for him.
That’s a team, gentlemen
and either we heal now, as a team,
or we will die as individuals.
That’s football guys.
That’s all it is.
Now, whattaya gonna do?”
Every day, you are either taking small steps to get closer to your goals or further away. It is your CHOICE. What will your daily “inches” amount to?
An excuse is the skin of a lie stuffed with a reason. People make excuses, it seems, more than ever.
I cannot change.
I’m just not good at that.
I’m not ready to start.
I don’t have the time.
I haven’t researched enough.
I don’t have the money.
Success is doing the best you can with what you’ve got. If you are not happy about something in your life than commit to doing something that will get you closer to fixing that problem or attaining that goal. Insanity is doing the same thing over & over again & expecting different results.
Excuses don’t solve anything, they just create more problems.