I like to start each year with a new set of goals or an area in my life that I’d like to change. In the past however, I often got to the end of the year and realized that I hadn’t done anything in the previous 12 months that moved me any closer to where I wanted to be. At the beginning of 2012 I decided to get serious about moving toward the life I desired. The same pattern of empty wishing and wanting, without results, was getting me nowhere. I needed a new approach.
As I was thinking about what I needed to do different, I remembered a favorite quote from Legendary Alabama Football coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant, “Cause something to happen!” It’s so simple, yet so powerful and encouraging. It doesn’t say, “Hope something happens”, or “Wait for something to happen”. It says, “CAUSE something to happen!” It is clearly a call to action.
When I reflected on this quote I realize that if there’s something I want in life, nobody is going to walk up and hand it to me. Sitting around waiting for perfect conditions isn’t going to bring about the changes I desire. If there’s a specific outcome that I want, the ONLY way it’s going to come about is if I take repeated actions to move me in the direction I want to go. I am responsible for the cause.
This became my motivational quote for 2012. I strategically placed it so I was certain to intersect with those wise words during my daily routine. This quote soon became a small voice inside my head that grew ever-louder, encouraging, and pushing me to action. Whenever I have an idea to move me forward I hear this voice encouraging me to “cause something to happen”. The more I am exposed to this quote, the louder this voice becomes. Early in 2012, it started small and quite in the back of my mind. Now, when presented with a decision point to move toward my goals or to shrink back into the comfort of the status quo, this voice is loud and commands me to ‘CAUSE SOMETHING TO HAPPEN!” It’s like my ambitions and goals are shouting to me from inside my mind, urging me to take steps to bring them to life.
How could I read that quote or hear that voice commanding and encouraging me to pursue a goal and respond with anything but action? To do so would be to sentence my goals and dreams to the realm of wishful thinking, destine to remain void of any hope of ever becoming a reality.
What’s the primary goal or dream in your life that you need to take action on? Is it a career change? Getting out of debt? Getting in shape and losing a few pounds? Is it having better relationships with significant people in your life? Or is it pursuing a new skill, hobby, class, or degree? Where do you need to cause something to happen?