Have you thought about it? Do you have a blame list? Motivational speaker and personal development guru Jim Rohn had one!
Yep! He knew exactly who to blame for not being successful in his life. He blamed everyone from the government, to taxes, circumstances, his boss, etc. If they existed, he blamed them. Until he realized it’s not what happens to us, it’s what we do about it.
It’s Much Easier to Blame Outside Sources…
When you think about it, it’s so much easier to blame outside sources for our current situation than it is to take actual accountability for our circumstances. But, what if you did take a hard look at yourself and accepted responsibility for all of it – losing your job, not getting a raise or promotion, gaining weight, failure to close the sale, not hitting your goals, etc.? If you dug deep enough, you would see, that your current circumstance, situation and the person you have become, has been designed by you. Based on the choices and the decisions you made up until this exact moment has dictated your outcome. Let that sink in a little…
Now, answer this…would your life look a little different today if you got up a little earlier this morning and started crushing your to-do list, made coffee at home instead of paying $5 for a mocha grande something or other, went to the gym, reviewed your goals, made different food choices, etc.? My guess is, your life would look a little different and over time, those differences compound to make an even BIGGER difference in your life and your career. But, how do you do it and what changes should you be making to make a difference in your life.
Discover Jim Rohn-isms
Below is a list of Jim Rohn-ims that have made a huge difference to me and I hope they impact you just as much! Read each statement carefully and take the time to think about the point he is making. My guess there will be at least one statement that will flip a switch for you.
- Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.
- If you work hard on your job, you will make a living. If you work hard on yourself, you will make a fortune.
- Learn to work harder on yourself than your job.
- Make yourself more valuable to the marketplace. Develop skills to become more valuable.
- Don’t spend major time on minor things.
- If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
- To have more, you must become more.
- We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
- Don’t wish it were easier…wish you were better
- Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.
- Stop wishing for fewer problems, start wishing for more skills
- We don’t get paid for our time but for the amount of value you bring
This week, I challenge you to throw blame out the window. Instead, work on developing yourself. Tell me what happens.