“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. “
–December 1, 1862 Abraham Lincoln
Make today the day you start doing something new for yourself. In 1862 President Lincoln called out to say, “we face a new day, a new era, new changes and we can no longer think and act like we did in the past.” We are at that new day, that new era, that new place and we can no longer depend on what worked in the past to work for us in the future.
The economy is floundering and bouncing around without a clear direction. It is waiting for something but what? It is waiting for “you” to take action.
If you’re thinking, “How can I change the economy?” It starts when you fully engage in everyday life. It starts when you go to work and you put in 100% of you into the work. It starts when you put 100% of you into life. It starts when you believe that you can make a difference.
One of the problems we face today is the fact that everyone is waiting for someone else to make a difference. Take a look at a company like Zappos where their values reflect leadership, authenticity, and creativity. They have abolished a model of leadership that should have passed away at the end of the industrial age. It is a place where ideas flourish and egos (those who use positional power as a leadership model) have faded out of the picture. Zappos has instituted a new model of leadership that engages people in the work they do. The point is that when a company (which is just a large community of people with a common purpose, focus and goal) takes action things happen for the good. If you took action and had a purpose, focus and a goal imagine what would happen in your life.
If you are waiting for something to happen for you then you’re not taking charge of your life. If you are someone who is desiring to create change not only for yourself but for others then what are you waiting for. The time is today to make the change for you.
When do you want to start living the life you really want to live?
“To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” William James