Life is very interesting! Some days I'm tricked into believing that people and behavior are different today than in "the good old days!" I wonder where I could find "the good old days."
That's an interesting question and it reminds me of one of my biggest challenges: blaming! The reason we're having so many difficulties these days is we are missing "the good old days." We/I'm a victim of losing a time when things were better, life was easier and people were more understanding.
Every day, I hear and see Leaders that are not getting the results they want AND in those cases, I only have two choices: blame somebody, the weather, Obama, Osama or Trump the economy OR look in the mirror and deal with the person I see first thing every morning.
I can take ownership of my situation or I can blame somebody or some thing and it's much easier and more fun to blame. It's much easier and more fun to sit in the bleachers and boo and criticize and throw rocks than it is to get into the arena and strive valiantly without excuse or blame. We see the blaming and criticism every day on Facebook and other social media outlets.
What will it take for us to stop talking about "others" and start talking about ourselves... who I am, what I want and what price I'm willing to pay to get what I want?
What about you?
What personal responsibility are you taking?
What arena have you entered to achieve/fight for what you want?
What price have you determined you're willing to pay for what you want?
Take a look at the following thoughts from Teddy Roosevelt and ask yourself where you stand.
"It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."