Great plans can be developed and limitless opportunities planned; but, if action is not taken to put the events into play, nothing happens. Opportunities do not come to those who wait. They are captured by those who attack.
In 1932, which was during the Great Depression, an energetic young man graduated from college and had absolutely no idea what he wanted to do with his life. During this time, jobs were hard to get and in the summers he was fortunate to go back to an old job, lifeguarding at a local swimming pool.
He caught the eye of the father of some children he was teaching to swim who became interested in his decision about the future he desired. He encouraged the young man to search his heart and decide what he really wanted to do. After much thought, the young man made that decision. He wanted to become a radio announcer.
The young man conveyed his decision to his new mentor and began taking the necessary action to make his dreams come true. After some short preparation, he packed his bags and set out to get into the radio business. He hitchhiked to Chicago where many radio stations existed, but he failed to secure employment. Determined to reach his goal, he made inquiries all across Illinois and Iowa. Finally a station in Davenport, Iowa offered him a job as a sports announcer. This opportunity was the first of many that came forth for this young energetic man. The man who went onto fame and fortune and also who made a fundamental difference in the lives of people throughout the world. Yes, this young man of action, President Ronald Reagan.
In order to ACT effectively, you should employ three key attributes. Fail to employ any one of the three and your potential for success falls short. The three attributes necessary for proper action are: ATTITUDE, COMMITMENT and TENACITY.
ATTITUDE guides performance. Golf legend great Arnold Palmer’s father once told him, “Remember, whatever game you play, 90% of success is from the shoulders up.” ATTITUDE provides you the incentive to move forward. It enables you to overcome fear and realize that with a good attitude, you can turn negative experiences into positive outcomes. ATTITUDE is a choice you make each day. You have a plan to launch or an opportunity to pursue. ATTITUDE enables you to broadly focus and to realize that your grasp of ATTITUDE’s draw toward a task will trigger your overall ability to respond.
The optimist and a pessimist had combined their resources and decided to enter business together. Sales were outstanding and after less than 6-months the profits were very positive. The optimist said to his partner, “What an outstanding start we have had. Customers love our products and we are selling more and more week after week!” His pessimist partner looked at him and replied, “Sure we have. However, if things keep going like this, we will have to order lots more inventory.” ATTITUDE makes the difference. Having that proper ATTITUDE enables you to set in motion the next activity which can lead you to greater success.
COMMITMENT is what enables you to transform a promise or plan into reality. It is where your thoughts are. To fundamentally succeed in any endeavor, total COMMITMENT is required. A chicken and a pig were engaged in a discussion about COMMITMENT. The chicken told his friend that he was COMMITTED to providing eggs every morning. The pig replied that giving eggs was not COMMITMENT. It is simply participation. “Giving ham is a total COMMITMENT.” As former legendary NFL head coach Dick Vermeil once said, “If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.”
It was once said that COMMITTED people seek the successful outcome of their desires with amazing depth and passion. Author and pastor Robert Schuller noted, “Irrevocable commitments that offer no loopholes, no bail-out provisions, and no parachute clauses will extract incredible productivity and performance.” It is much like the story of the newspaper reporter who gained an exclusive interview with the devil. The reporter, interested in the deceptive tactics the devil employed to confuse people asked, “What is the most useful tactic in dealing wth people? Is it dishonesty, or lust or simply jealousy?” “Oh no,” replied the devil. “The most powerful weapon is apathy. The tactic that destroys COMMITMENT.” That is very true. Lack of commitment will simply tear life out of the most infectious dreams. Only through COMMITMENT will you be prepared to give life everything you have. COMMITMENT is the prerequisite to any success.
TENACITY comes from a vision. A vision that demands you don’t give up! When General Ulysses Grant was battling for his very life at Shiloh during the Civil War, he surveyed the field and concluded that he was going to lose. However, he kept fighting. Even after his defeat when all the newspapers and influential leaders were demanding his removal, President Lincoln came to his aide. Lincoln quickly noted that he could not spare Grant. Lincoln said, “He fights.” “He’s got the grip of a a bulldog, and when he gets his teeth in, nothing can shake him off.” That TENACITY provided Grant with that special something that helped him become not only a great military leader but also President of the United States.
Artist and author Julia Cameron said, “Often it is TENACITY, not talent, that rules the day.” President Theodore Roosevelt spend many early hours bedridden. He had severe asthma that limited his ability to engage in activities like other kids. He often lay struggling to breathe and was afraid to sleep for fear he would not wake up. Being weak, he was easy prey for neighborhood bullies and only his brother Elliott’s protection kept him from great harm.
Teddy was filled with TENACITY as he sought to become strong mentally and physically. He set a goal to become self-sufficient and worked to bring that resolve to reality through daily exercise and hours of weight lifting. He also became an avid reader and absorbed books on every conceivable subject. Later as a student at Harvard, Roosevelt became well known for his seemingly limitless energy and enthusiasm. TENACITY enables you to soar when others simply coast. Achievers are resolute in their efforts and TENACITY guides their results.
ATTITUDE, COMMITMENT, and TENACITY are crucial to getting underway on virtually any project or goal. Each provides an unwavering fuel that will guide your directives in a manner which enables you to obtain from your endeavors what you seek or what is necessary for success to be realized. As President John F. Kennedy concluded, “There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” Apply yourself. Do it!
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