What are the chances of something coming your way if you just DREAM IT but don’t do anything about it? We all know there is a link between setting goals, getting yourself mentally in the game.
We ALL want to have our dreams come true- but to have it happen- we have to make it happen, and we have to recognize and take responsibility because it IS up to YOU! (Give everyone the S70218 “Make your dreams come true… it’s up to you!” sticker to put in and on their notebook.)
We are all familiar with Nike’s ever famous slogan “Just Do It.®” Did you know that it was listed the fourth most successful advertising campaign on “The Top 100 Advertising Campaigns of the Century” voted on by various top ad agencies? Why do you suppose that is? Is it because we can all relate with the idea of procrastination, the art of putting things off (like exercise and work), or the reality that it is difficult to take that first step to getting something done? “Just Do It®” is a simple, yet “catchy” phrase that we can and should use as our final motivator every day in business. Because after all, no one else can do your work for you. It’s up to you!
Nike® is a sporting good/fitness company. Sports and fitness often bring up feelings of inadequacy, and fear of failure. By using the slogan “Just Do It®,” Nike® is trying to tell their customers to quit procrastinating or making excuses. Just start whatever it is you’d like to do. It might be hard at first, you may not be good at it, but you CAN accomplish whatever you wish if you will just take the first step and start.
Like many others, at the beginning of a new year I have set the resolution to take better care of my body which includes eating better and exercising more. Have I done it so far? Not really. But I’m hoping to take my own advice, and START! I’m reminding myself of one of the elementary laws of physics that “every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” If I will work my body, I will see a reaction. I have heard some people’s philosophy on resolutions which goes something like this: “I don’t make resolutions because they just end up broken, then I feel guilty. Since feeling guilty makes me feel lousy, what’s the point of making resolutions? So, to feel good about myself, I don’t make resolutions.” This philosophy makes no sense at all. If you want to quit smoking, get in shape, or build your business, but you never make a goal or take any action to do it, you’ll never get anywhere or get anything you want in life.
Like exercising our bodies, we must exercise our businesses. Every day of every week we must take action. Just as no one else can exercise our bodies for us, no one else can work our business for us. We can’t expect our leaders to do the work. We are the ones that must push to get up 10 minutes early so to have those few extra minutes in the day to make phone calls, etc.
“Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out”
The leading word to this training is MAKE! Make is an ACTION word and require DOING. But doing WHAT?
We are creatures of habit. We get ourselves going in a certain direction and sometimes we go in that direction so long that we get in a rut. Sometimes that rut gets so deep we only see the sides. We need to try something different, open ourselves to change, look for different things.
A man traveled along a paved highway. Finally the pavement ended and ahead stretched a dirt road in poor condition as far as the eye could see. Where the dirt road began there stood a weathered sign which read: “Choose your rut now because you’ll be in it for the next twenty miles.”
“Choose your habits wisely, for you will be in them for many years.”
A few years ago, as I drove along a freeway that cuts across the upper bench of Salt Lake City I noticed that they had put up sound walls along the freeway which obstructed the beautiful view of the valley. I felt sad for the commuters that traveled that road each day with nothing to look at but those sound walls. Then I realized that there were other things to view. I (and they) could still see up the mountain, or glance up at the sky and allow my imagination to run wild by seeing things in the clouds. I could appreciate the sun or stars. I could even try glancing at people in other cars and sharing a smile! There are many opportunities to see positive and beautiful things during our “drive” of life, it is our ATTITUDE that makes the difference. We must move from our “rut” to see beyond it!
So make the decision to get out of your ruts, move in a different direction, take a different route, adjust your attitude and see where it might take you!
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