Has there ever been a time when you were so sure of something only to find out at a later time you were mistaken or misinformed about the truth involving the person or event? I know I have experience the many, many times. I have even argued in direct opposition to the truth for years some times to later learn I was actually wrong about the whole thing. I would like to think you and I are intelligent and view ourselves as a well-intentioned people. If this has happened to you too, how could this happen to us so many times before? What can we do to avoid this mistake in the future?
Have you ever planned on doing something you had plenty of time to accomplish, but somehow managed to not get it done until the very last minute? I know I have. While some people struggle less with procrastination than others I believe it is a constant challenge we are all faced with on a daily basis. I have heard it said, “Work expands to all time available.” In most areas of life we can juggle this and still seem to get by. While delaying action with homework assignments and getting to work on time can certainly create stressful situations they rarely carry life changing consequences. What if there are some areas of our lives where we are procrastinating and could potentially do so for years and years? Is it possible there are some areas that we must take action in now? If so, what could force us into taking action?
Have you ever asked yourself this question? I know I did for many years. I would observe people who were finding more success than me in many endeavors and I would just repeat that question over and over again in my mind. The problem was this is a disempowering question and I would just come up with a list of reasons I was not getting opportunities. I realized my focus shouldn’t be one why I did not get opportunities, but it should be on what I could do in order to get more opportunities. Here are the three things I realized I could do to gain more opportunities.
I know it is mentioned from time to time in the media and the politicians in Washington like to mention it around election time, but have you noticed we have a FINANCIAL CRISIS on our hands in America? It kind of seems to me like everyone is aware of it, but we are all too scared to talk about it. So what do we do? We ignore it, pretend like we do not have a financial crisis, and things continue to get worse and worse every year.
In order to find success, happiness, & fulfillment in life we first must determine what we want. That is where we all begin, but there are plenty of people who know what they want and still do not get it. Why is that? That is a great question and there is a very simple reason.
Have you ever said or thought, “I don’t like to read”? I know I have. I thought that and repeated it often for years and years. I did not start that way. As a young boy I used to enjoy reading and going to the library with my mom or grandma, but somewhere along the way that changed. As I went further and further into my schooling and education I lost my enthusiasm for reading. By the time I graduated college I declared, “I will never read another book again.” Can you relate to this at all?
Growing up I was a very selfish and negative individual. I never set out to become selfish or negative, but that is still where I wound up. Why is that? The answer is simple. We live in a selfish and negative world. I did not have to set out to become selfish or negative. I simply had to not be intentional about not becoming selfish and negative and the downstream current of the world just led me there. Is this something you struggle with at all? If so would you like to know what you can do about it?