We don’t always get what we want in life. This we know as fact. But just because we don’t get what we want doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue to put in the work. It’s within the times we fail, that the greatest lessons become available to learn. The key is wanting to do so. I wasn’t sure what direction I was going to go this week but something I keep circling back to is the idea of taking action. So here we go.
We all have choices in everything we do. Each day, and our lives as a whole, are a reflection of the choices we chose to make. Where we live, work, our education, who we engage with, what we do in our spare time, etc. … Sure there are certain forces that set boundaries or parameters on some elements, but at the end of the day there is always a choice to be made and room to take action. Growing up my parents instilled in me that I was capable of achieving anything I set my mind to. I believe this as fact to this day. There wasn’t room in our house to sit still. I was outspoken. When I saw something I always said something, and consequently did something. As a result, it is my belief that we are all capable of living our best lives, if we want to. Certainly, there will be people along the way that say you can’t do some things, roadblocks that will be set in your way, and perhaps a system designed specifically for you to fail, but the opportunity is always yours to take by way of fight, determination, focus and hard work.
Action is defined as the act or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.
The only way to ever achieve anything is by doing something. It’s that simple.
Those who sit on the sidelines stay on the sidelines for this very reason. As a strategist and coach, it is a no-brainer that in order to effect change we must roll up our sleeves and get to work. Some might say that past experiences have taught them, even while working hard there are often no signs of change in sight, but we can’t be discouraged by these thoughts. Regardless of your relationship with change, whether it's good, bad, timely, costly, etc. … we must never lose hope in trying.
Our lives are products of change and we create change on a daily basis whether we realize it or not. The smile you give to a stranger. When you pay you coworker a compliment. Telling your significant other “I love you". Calling your family long distance to say hi. Showing up for a friend when they need you most. All actions that produce change. Change in the way people feel, see themselves, and react to the world. Imagine then, if you concerted conscious energy into larger actions what impact you might be able to create in the world.
Honestly ask yourself what are the changes you would like to see in life. In humanity. For your fellow brothers and sisters. For your family, friends, colleagues. Then consequently, what personal actions can you take to help affect that change.
As a whole we have the power to construct action and produce change on a variety of levels if we come together, focus and work hard. It starts with each person making the individual choice.
Therefore, this week I challenge you to adopt more action into your life. Start doing, big or small, and see what differences these decisions/ choices make in your life and in the lives of those around you. Take the actions you came up with from the questions above and put them into play. Sitting quietly on the sidelines isn’t an option as we each have far too much potential to share with the world. Stand up, get in the game, and be the change you wish to see. The time is always now to make a difference.
“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William B. Sprague