Creative Leadership

It’s Up to You!

I’m not being trite or condescending here, but the truth is, most of the time, people give me a million reasons why they’re not successful, and in most cases, it has nothing to do with them. “My boss won’t listen,” or “The economy tanked,” or “People don’t understand me,” or “Everyone steals my ideas,” or a million other excuses. And that’s exactly what they are – excuses.

I’ve seen too many situations where people with no money or influence produced feature films. Busy housewives with a million responsibilities wrote best-selling novels in their spare time. Someone with three jobs, launching a business that takes off like wildfire. Someone on welfare finishes college.

Yes – there are real problems out there. I would never minimize that. But we live in a time where people expect the government to take care of them, or sue companies when they spill hot coffee on themselves, or take their parents to court, or who knows what. We want to live a life free of risk, and we just can’t bring ourselves to admit that we’re the problem.

Whatever your challenge, you’ll never move on while blaming other people for your failures. If you really want to change your life, at some point, you need to suck it up, realize that you’re the only person who can change your circumstances, and act.

That’s the key word: ACT.  Stop blaming.  Stop making excuses.  Stop passing the buck.  Get out there.  Learn what you need to know.  Meet who you need to meet.

Act. That’s when things will start changing.

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6 Comments

  1. SOOO true! As an author I know the power of words, and as a daughter of the One who created with a word I know He imparted that characteristic to us–so speak words of success and keep doing so until you meet who you need to meet and get where you KNOW you need to go!

  2. Until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change, people prefer to stay the same.  Praying for God to help awaken a spirit of excellence within me and to possess intolerance for a spirit of mediocrity has been a difficult road for me.  However, the blame game has never been a fun time.  The whole point of life is to glorify God, right?  Is loving Him whole heartedly really so hard in the reality that He loves me no holds barred?  Phil, I love the Lord shining through you!

  3. This is good Phil. I’ve never blamed anyone for my being stuck or not where I want to be at this time in my life. I’m guilty of using excuses, but not for long before I do act. Many times I meet resistance, but I push my way through it. However, when I feel no peace in the push; I know it’s God and I back off. In the meantime, I keep knocking, moving, exploring, thinking, working, applying, networking, learning and praying for circumstances to change. I’m doing my part….I think, unless I’m missing something.  I believe we have the power to change our circumstances, but God is ultimately over that change for His purpose in His timing. I believe as long as we don’t blame or make excuses, as long as we are willing to make the sacrifices needed, we can do it….  but we have to cooperate with God. I believe God is an important element in the equation in getting the right results when you are doing all that you know to do in your given circumstances and keep acting on it. This is a great post! I need to keep remembering to never make excuses, EVER! Thanks!

  4. You are so right. It’s very easy to try and
    blame other people when something goes wrong in our own lives. Like you said—we
    like to put the blame on other things or people, when in most cases it’s
    because of us and has nothing at all to do with those other circumstances or
    people. Very wise words here that need to be taken to heart!

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