There’s an old saying that states “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” and you probably it’s true… as long as it doesn’t apply to you.
Only it does apply to you, and probably more that you’d care to admit.
I consider myself a kind hearted, good person and you might too. But all of my kind heartedness hasn’t done a thing to save the rain forests, feed the kids in Africa, or stop global warming – has yours?
What I’m getting at is that most of us suffer from the disease of “self justified inaction” rather than living by the cure of “creating solutions” – and we’re paying a terrible price for it.
You see, the world doesn’t reward your intentions, it’s rewards you for actual results you’ve achieved, the difference you’ve made, or impact you’ve accomplished. Dreams, “should be’s”, and “almosts” don’t count.
Too many people inaccurately believe that being a good person, showing up to work on time, and having heavenly intentions are enough. So as a way to “reward yourself”, every night you sit down and watch 5 hours of TV until you go to bed and then wonder why you’re frustrated with life.
For your life to be worth something to you (or anyone else) you have to make the choice to PARTICIPATE and DO SOMETHING. There, I’ve said it. Anything short of accomplishing something that affect others in a positive way won’t get you the results you want out of life.
If you want a better relationship, be a better person to have a relationship with. If you want a better job, become so valuable at what you do that someone would have to be crazy to not pay you handsomely. If you wish your community, industry, or government was different become involved and lead the charge! Watching TV or reading Facebook for hours on end doesn’t help you live the life you deserve.
Yes, it takes work, but once you get that life is about what you can put into it, NOT what you can get away with, then you discover that laziness is a sorry substitute for productive action and it’s rewards.
Here’s a quick test: What difference have you made in people’s lives in the past 90 days?
Is anyone’s life different than if you hadn’t shown up? Sure, you may have pushed some papers at work or tucked your kids in at night – those don’t count. I’m talking about transforming someone’s life, creating an experience they’ll never forget, or changing the course of a group of people for the better?
If not, why?
The key element that determines the quality of our lives is how much we impact the lives of others for the better.
This single thing creates our income, makes people want to be a part of our lives, and gives us something that only genuinely helping another human being can – true fulfillment.
The new year just started, and you’ve probably already given up your resolutions for the year, so you’ve got time. Pick a difference you want to make, and instead of watching the entire season of some HBO series, channel your energy into taking action toward your cause.
Nothing will make you feel better or help you reap the greatest rewards life has to offer.