Every morning we wake up and go about our lives doing all sorts of things. We go to work. We run errands. We go to school. We visit with friends. We volunteer. We use our time. It can be easy to lose sight of exactly why we're doing some things, maybe without even putting much thought into it. I think it's of great importance for us to have a purpose in everything we're doing.
Zig Ziglar is notable for having a famous quote, "If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time." This quote holds absolutely true. If we're not focused on keeping a purpose to our actions and time, we can find ourselves doing a lot of things but accomplishing nothing. We need to have a purpose for our time, a purpose for our actions, a purpose for the day and a purpose for our lives. Purpose gives life to our dreams, it provides a destination to work towards, When you've got purpose to your life and actions, you've got goals. When you've got goals, you'll have achievements, because when you aim at something you'll increase your chance to at least hit it sometimes.
I challenge you to think about what you're doing each day. Are you living with purpose? Or, are you just living in the moment with no clear direction. Don't live for the day. Be deliberate. Have a purpose.
Several weeks ago, I was fortunate to hear the great football coach, Bobby Bowden, speak. He talked about how the great people and players he's encountered over the years have "it". He explained how you can't really define "it" in any specific way, but when it's there everyone knows it.
I think everyone is capable of having "it" in their own way and within their own skill set. No, everyone doesn't have "it" to be a collegiate or professional football player, but I believe that having "it' starts with working hard and being willing to push yourself to succeed. I think having "it" involves going the extra mile, keeping a good attitude, not giving up and doing the right thing.
Whether it's being a teacher, farmer, customer service representative, nurse, mechanic, friend, parent or companion, we can all have "it" within our respective roles. We can maximize our skill set and make the most of our situations. We can choose to stand out, to go above and beyond. Maybe you don't know what you have "it" in yet. Maybe you're still trying to figure that out. I would encourage you to identify your skill set and your calling, then focus on making the most of it.
Do you have "it"? I know you've got "it". How will you use "it"?
Where you currently are in your life did not happen by chance. It's the sum of your decisions and actions that have brought you here. Some circumstances have been in your control and some have
been out of your control. While we can't control everything, we can control our attitude, outlook and how we react to things. Don't let your circumstances define who you are. Let who you are
define your circumstances.
Here are 7 things to remind yourself about where you are (and where you can go):
Before we actually do anything, we always have an expectation. Our expectation can oftentimes affect our results. If you go into something expecting to fail or for things to not go well, then that is likely what will happen. But, if you go into something expecting to succeed and for things to go well, the outcome will probably be more favorable. It's a pretty simple concept. Our mindset about something affects how we think about it, the decisions we make, our confidence and how others perceive us.
Having good expectations doesn't guarantee that everything will be perfect, go well or even succeed at all. However, if you don't have the right, positive expectation for your circumstances and decisions, then who will? I think expectation and self confidence are linked closely. Don't cut yourself short by having low (or no) expectation. Expect good things. Expect success. Expect for things to go well. Don't be the reason that something fails before it ever starts. Your expectation may not always produce the results you're hoping for, but if you're expecting good things the outcome will be positive more times than if you go into things expecting failure.
What are your expectations?