“By justifying your excuses for your inaction, you recommit to it!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
If you know me, you’ll know that I embrace winter. I love it! So do my sons – one even has a backyard snowmaking machine!
Why? Because long ago, I decided that if you live in a northern climate, you’ve got to make the most of it. (Of course, it doesn’t hurt that after skiing on the weekends, I often find myself on stage in Miami, Orlando or Las Vegas, with a commensurate round of golf in the schedule). And so this weekend, I was busy with my sons setting up the outdoor rink at the chalet; some great freezing temps were happening, and we wanted to get some ice down!
Somewhere in the midst of this, one fellow I know made a comment in a message about my daily inspirational quote (i.e. the thing you are reading here). He called it ‘corny.’ Well, harrumph! That got me going!
The thing is, he then indicated in his next message that he hated winter, and couldn’t find a way to get up off the couch to do anything since he was so miserable about the cold temperatures.
The poor fellow is doomed to a regular season of misery unless he picks up and moves south, or otherwise embraces his inner-polarness.
Yet the exchange got me thinking: once you are locked into an attitude, it’s all too easy to keep it going. Once you decide on your outlook, that’s your destiny. Once you determine your destination, there’s a good chance you’ll end up there.
Once you start making excuses for your behaviour – such as doing nothing about the negative circumstance you might find yourself in – you are implicitly deciding to regular reap the negative results that come from such inaction.
If you’ve set yourself up for a shitty destination, clearly you’ve made a shitty decision. But you always have a choice… and could decide through some positive action to do something about it.
So – how’s that for corny thinking! LOL!