Vince Lombardi says “It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever and the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.”
I don’t know how you guys feel, but quite frankly I am sick to death of the whole debate (or even non-debate) around the state of the economy right now. I was at a client last week and his phone rang. Before he even asked the caller “how are you” he answered a question with “ja I know, this economy and the credit crunch is getting to all of us.”
I was gobsmacked! We are getting like the Capetonians and their weather! You cannot have a conversation without it coming up. Yet look around you, every single road you turn down is having some sort of construction being done to it or a building going up in it. Now, what does that tell you? Well, it tells me that the economy here in South Africa is not as bad as it might be elsewhere. Every time you look at a newspaper there is another story of someone having stolen millions – now if there are “millions” to steal, then there must be money somewhere.
Then of course there are the conspiracy theories, and I must admit I do enjoy these a whole lot more than the usual moaners and groaners. At least these have a story that you can relate to or even find so far fetched as to render them completely funny!
Personally, I am of the opinion that if we spent as much time getting things done as we spend moaning and groaning about whatever it is that we can find to moan and groan about – we would be gazillionaires! All that hot air and energy that goes to waste all the time could be utilized for a far better purpose I am sure.
Then, not only do we moan and groan about the economy/weather/government/taxes (insert whatever else you would like to here) when we see someone else doing well, we moan about that too!
Instead of finding out why it is that they are being successful and trying to emulate their particular formula, we sit down and moan about how lucky they are and how unlucky we are and . . . . there we go again.
Let’s change our mindsets shall we, let’s find at least one person every day that we can say “Well done! You’ve done a great job!” to. Let’s find one person a day – I mean how difficult can that be – to congratulate on achieving something and really be pleased for them. Let’s find one person who has had a thought about doing something differently and pat them on the back and give them encouragement to go forward.
And then, whilst we are doing that – how about we give ourselves encouragement and congratulations and even a pat on the back for finding something right with our day and not always focusing on the bad.
Just one thing, one person, one day! We can do it!