“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.” Albert Camus
Begin! That is all it takes to start something is to begin and yet far too many people put of that very task of getting started. How many things have you put off waiting for tomorrow, the day that never comes.
Personal happiness, even professional happiness is tied directly to the actions you take not to the actions you don’t take. Happiness isn’t something that comes to you as a result, happiness comes to you when you do something that you believe is useful.
Leadership expert John Maxwell suggests that we look at four things as that can result in having a happier life.
1. Create and nurture relationships. People are meant to engage with other people. Learning how to develop, grow and value relationships.
2. Make decisions. Making decisions that support who you are and your strengths that are based on sound reasoning will improve outcomes in your life. It takes discipline and practice to make good decisions.
3. Continual growth. What are you doing to continually improve upon “who” you are. That could mean additional education and skills or it could mean doing something that allows you to grow as a person, or it could be learning from the lessons of life. Take time to reflect on each day and evaluate what you learned.
4. Adding value. How can you add value to others? Instead of looking at what you can get ask yourself what you can give. Shift the equation around, how can I add value to others? What can I bring to someone else in terms of value? When you look at the personal development industry you’ll see countless experts giving away information, time and value, so that others can grow and develop.
What does it take to get started? What does it take to go from waiting to beginning to make a difference? It takes you taking action. Stop waiting for tomorrow and start DOING today.
1. Who can you develop a stronger relationship with TODAY?
2. What decision are you holding off making? What is stopping you from making that decision?
3. What can you do now to improve your personal or professional growth?
4. Who can you add value to? Shift from “I” to “you”. What can you do?
Years ago there was a movie about the continual bad news that was heard, news that help people captive to inaction, to being a victim of the circumstances rather than an owner of the solution. The movie was “NETWORK” and the newscaster asked people to get up and yell … It’s time to begin and take action.