Over these many years of helping people move from whining to winning, I have remained resolute in my focus that each of us is capable of far more than we typically give ourselves credit for. As I have pointed out in many ways, you can have the results you choose, or you can settle for all the perfect reasons that you don’t have those results. I have learned that it really is just a choice.
However, as with all choices, the art is that of choosing wisely. I can imagine those who read these articles simply to find something to disagree with, or worse yet, something else to be disagreeable about, are already having a field day. Perhaps today is the day we can all “wise up” just a little and focus on what it is that truly matters, on what the results are that we truly seek.
Amongst the various newsletters and blogs to which I subscribe is Seth Godin’s daily blog. In Sunday’s blog, ” Accepting False Limits,” Seth wrote about being perplexed by all the people who stop themselves from succeeding in life by declaring failure before they even get started. You know the drill, especially if you have children. “I can’t” has probably killed more ideas than book censors.
As he said, clearly there are some things that neither of us will ever do — dunk a basketball, fly by flapping our arms, etc. These truly do belong to the “I can’t” realm. But what about those things that we declare outside our capability simply because we declare that we can’t?
Seth remains resolute in his belief in people and our ability to improve the world we live in. As he wrote in his false limits blog post:
Perhaps I am overreaching a wee bit here, but I suspect Seth and I share at least some “improve-the-world” DNA. When people ask me what I do for a living, and I get that they really want to know, I usually say, “I help people get what they think they want as fast as possible so I can ask, ‘Was that it?’” Sometimes I answer, “I help people get what they really want instead of what they settle for.” Same thing, really.
The trick, as always, comes in understanding what it is that you truly want. I often paraphrase the longshoreman philosopher, Eric Hoffer, by saying, “You can never get enough of what you don’t truly want.” (Mr.
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