“Never has there been a map, however carefully executed to detail and scale, which carried its owner over even one inch of ground. Never has there been a parchment of law, however fair, which prevented one crime. Never has there been a scroll, even such as the one I hold, which earned so much as a penny or produced a single word of acclamation. Action, alone, is the tinder which ignites the map, the parchment, this scroll, my dreams, my plans, my goals, into a living force. Action is the food and drink which will nourish my success.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World
One of my goals in 2016 was to read 50 books.
…I had the same goal set for my New Year’s resolution in 2014 and 2015 and fell short both years.
After I fell short in 2014 by reading 32 books, I felt my competitive side coming out and I distinctly remember feeling an increase in motivation going into 2015.
I consider myself to be a pretty competitive person and the fact that I was feeling motivated from the start of the new year and driven to beat my personal best left me feeling quite confident.
When I finished 2015, not only did I fall short of my goal of 50 books but I fell short on the number of books I read in 2014 – reading 30 books.
…That’s when I knew I had to take a deeper look because otherwise 2016 would be nothing more than a repeat.
“If it acts like a duck (all the time), it’s a duck. Doesn’t matter if the duck thinks it’s a dog; it’s still a duck as far as the rest of us are concerned. Authenticity, for me, is doing what you promise, not ‘being who you are.’ That’s because ‘being’ is too amorphous and we are notoriously bad at judging that. Internal vision is always blurry. Doing, on the other hand, is an act that can be seen by all.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?
“Ninety-nine percent of the time, in my experience, the hard part about creativity isn’t coming up with something no one has ever thought of before. The hard part is actually executing the thing you’ve thought of. The devil doesn’t need an advocate. The brave need supporters, not critics.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?
“Most learning, especially most organizational learning, occurs through trial and error. Error occurs whether you want it to or not. Error is difficult to avoid. It’s not clear that research or preparation have an enormous impact on error, especially marketing error. Error is clearly not in short supply. Trial, on the other hand, is quite scarce, especially in some organizations. People mistakenly believe that one way to successfully avoid error is to avoid trial. We need more trial.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?
What you do makes a difference. Every action, every choice, every day.
Don’t get it twisted in thinking that you’re just a small fish in a large ocean and that it doesn’t matter what you do – the world will always be the same.
False. Wrong. Lazy thinking.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, motivated individuals can change the world – as it is the only thing that ever has!
Real change has and always will start with an individual, an individual who dares dream of a different world, influences people to join him on the quest to get there, and takes action accordingly.
Easier said than done – but it doesn’t have to be grandiose and insurmountable. It simply has to start with the intention of changing one person.
As the Dalai Lama reminds us, “The suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity; The happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.” Continue reading
“Noticing the problem does not change the problem. While of course, awareness is a critical first step, action is the absolute necessary step.” ~ Sevan Apollo Poetry, Good Men Project