“You decide. To have a good attitude or to have a bad attitude. To respond or to react. To give generously or to give begrudgingly. To offer a helping hand or to look away. To help others up or to look past them. To invest in yourself or to coast through life. You decide.” – Tom Ziglar
Today’s blog’s message came through the various communications with former colleagues that put a reoccurring theme to the week. In essence, many verbalized frustration with the lack of career opportunities and disappointment that careers are motionless and not financially meeting goals at that point in there life.
Before I give words of encouragement, let’s talk about you. Let’s talk about your performance over the past twelve months. How did you progress on your goals? What did you achieve so far this year? What education goals did you hit? Who did you mentor with? How have you invested in yourself? Now prove it.
Many of my colleagues who are stuck will leave the organization they are in at the same state of self investment as they arrived. And still fail to recognize the competitive nature of our market and complain to anyone who will listen about their circumstances. Experience alone doesn’t give the force of movement to careers. Something must propel it forward, intentionally and consistently.
This is the message: You are accountable for your career. Not your employer, not your family, not your community, and not your government. You have the power to change you. The resources are out there. Your leaders gave you opportunities to grow and you chose not to.
Hard message. But necessary in this time of indignation and entitlement. Consistent Action = Consistent Results. Put that Xbox controller down. Turn off Dr. Who. Open a book. Talk to a teacher. Get a plan for yourself.
Zig Ziglar often has extolled the virtues of attitude, goals, and investing in yourself. This is the roadmap of winners. You have the capability to win. No more excuses, team! Go do it. Today.