Winners make things happen

By: Willie Jolley
Posted: 02/18/2010

Winners make things happen

On my desk is a sign that states: ‘‘Winners make things happen, losers let things happen!’’

Some people state it a little differently; they say, ‘‘Some people make things happen, other people watch what happened, and then the rest stand around and ask,

‘What happened?’’’

Regardless of how you say it, the truth remains that winners are those who make a determined decision to make things happen! When asked what keeps them from being successful, most people will blame the government, the economy, their families, or the ‘‘isms’’ of life (you know . . . sexism, racism, ageism, etc.).

But the one thing most people avoid in their list is that which is most important! It is the person we see every day in the mirror . . . it is us! We are the main obstacles to our success in life!

It has been stated, and I believe it is true, that success follows the 80/20 rule: 80 percent of the work usually comes from 20 percent of the people. In personal achievement, this means we are responsible for 80 percent of our failure to hit our goals, and outside obstacles are only 20 percent of the problem.

The old African proverb states,

‘‘If you can overcome the enemy on the inside, the enemy on the outside can do you no harm!’’

We must be brutally honest with ourselves and come to the realization that we are the biggest challenge to our own success!

If you want to win, you must stop letting things happen and start making things happen.

Remember, when all is said and done, much more is said than done . . . so let’s go get it done!

Today… make a commitment to overcome yourself, so you can reach your goals!

During tough economic times, some people sit and wait for the economy to change. They talk about how bad things are, and they just want to survive the storms.

Yet there are others who do not wait for things to happen, they make things happen.

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