As you observe, you may recognize three types of people: (1) those who make things happen, (2) those who watch things happen, and (3) those who say “Hey, what just happened?”
If you find yourself often wondering where your hours, days, and months have gone, I believe it’s time to stop and take a look at the type of person that you are.
Let’s discuss our three types:
- First, if you make things happen, you visualize your dream and take action steps to make your dream a reality.
- Second, If you watch things happen, you seldom have a plan of action and therefore do not move forward,
- Third, if you ask “ what just happed” you may be preoccupied with your challenges allowing them to keep you immobile and unaware of great opportunities.
Let’s move on to the Thinkers in this world. How deep are you in though? How deep is your thought process? According to Nido Quebein, if you think collectively and in general (observing only the surface of what you see) you are a horizontal thinker. Horizonal thinkers fail to see and understand the root of the problem. In other words, you cover up your problem without taking steps to treat or correct it. Could that be you?
If you take life seriously enough to want to resolve an issue, will find yourself searching deeper for an underlying cause. Gaining an understanding of the cause will allow you to make a gradual change for the better.
Last, but not least, take this moment to ask yourself “Do I stand my ground or do I find myself drifting here and there? Do I find myself wondering where the days, hours, and precious time has gone?”
I have been reminded that people who “make things happen” think for themselves and never drift while those who permit themselves to be influenced and controlled by circumstances outside their mind “watch” or say “what just happened?”
Some documented characteristics you might notice for a drifter are:
- He or she accepts whatever life throws their way,
- He or she is mentally lazy or indifferent; they will not form an opinion of their own.
- He or she has lots of opinions supplied by outside forces; therefore, their brain is influenced by those around them.
In closing, people who think regularly for themselves never drift and “make things happen” while those who do little or no thinking for themselves are the drifters and fall under the category of watching things happen or asking “what just happened?”
Realizing that there are different strokes for different folks, I want to encourage you this month to step up, step out, and make things happens by using your most powerful resource, your brain.
Keep in mind, studies have shown that thinkers never drift!
For addition tips on the brain and the different types of people in life refer to Napoleon Hill, Nido Quebein, and David Sousa.
Now, what are you willing to let go of that represents a sacrifice?
Remember a meaningful sacrifice cuts deep. It causes increased self-awareness of the importance of choosing a direction that will lead you to your freedom, to the true you. It will remind you of the lesson learned and the fact that you do not wish to relive that experience.
A meaningful sacrifice could require that you choose to let go and to be alone for long periods of time to make important decisions. This means letting go of others who represent an obstacle to your personal growth.
In other words, I am not referring to giving up meals, clothing, or tangible items. I am referring to your physical and
mental sacrifices that result in transformation.
Finally, your sacrifices will result in “beautiful flowers” called benefits, skills, and confidence. These lovely flowers will build a bridge between you and those in need.
The great news is, sharing your story will show others how personal sacrifices, although painful, can produce beautiful flowers called energy, hope, confidence, and courage.
In closing, your showers or sacrifices in life should always place you in a position of growth to create win-win for those within your reach.