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Friday, December 03, 2010
Life provides all of us with a series of choices. The choices we make determine how successful we are.
When you acknowledge that you and only you are responsible and accountable for the choices you make, and when you refuse to blame others for the choices you have made, you have in your hands the blueprint for success. When you allow others to choose your path so that you can then blame someone else when things don’t go your way, you are fooling no one and cheating no one but yourself. When you accept the fact that you are in your present condition, good or bad, because of the choices you have made, you will then find yourself capable of changing your situation by making better choices. No one but you determines your success in life. Making the right choices paves your way.
Think about all of the sports fans, who love watching successful coaches lead their teams, cheering them on when they win, exhorting them when the game is close, or even booing them when they fail, not living up to expectations. How many of these fans, fans who expect nothing less than excellence from their favourite teams, have the same high expectations for their occupational teams, ie, their work or business teams?
High achievement requires disciplined thinking, thus the goal setting, personal responsibility and work ethic. But, why is it that many of these same fans, fans that pay good money to see excellence during the sporting event, will, in their own professional lives, live with mediocrity, seeming to ignore the success standards and principles that they demand of their favourite sports teams? Have you ever thought about this paradox?
Why do fans, who love excellence in competitive sports, enough to pay for the right to experience it real time, not apply the same excellence in their own competitive professions, even though others are paying for the right to experience it real time. Don’t the customers or employers have the same right to witness excellence in the workplace that fans at the sporting event have? Imagine the quality of products and services across the world, if everyone took their professional excellence, as seriously, as they did their professional sports.