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Attitude Does Not Get the Job Done

 

C. S. Lewis was on to something when he penned this quote, but it was my father who first introduced me to the reality of the importance of initiative as a part of any great attitude in life. Attitude without initiative accomplishes nothing. Initiative makes things happen. Initiative moves beyond a thought experience and takes hold of the proverbial horns of any situation you have in life. Add it to any part of your life and progress will be made. When you take initiative in your life, it drowns procrastination in the sea of accomplishment.

C.S. Lewis was on to something when he penned this quote, but it was my father who first introduced me to the reality of the importance of initiative.

In business, in friendships, in your marriage, with your children, in school, in learning what you need to know in order to be successful at something – ALL OF THESE require not only a great attitude, but also INITIATIVE.

 

My father liked this quote by C. S. Lewis, but felt that it fell short of what most people needed to hear. I learned of it from him in a bit more in your face kind of way. The first time I heard it, he was responding to my lack of taking action on a project that I had enthusiastically said I would do. It was in this exchange between my father and I, that I learned the power of initiative in life firsthand.

Looking back, I am thankful that I had two active mentors like my father and my stepfather who were both passionate about their work and their life purpose. The ongoing example of both of these men – their diligence, work ethic, and passion for helping others less fortunate – shaped my understanding of why we are placed on this earth.

A positive attitude is a great asset, but without a great work ethic and the determination to accomplish meaningful goals that positively impact the world around us, our attitude is self-serving at best.

“All the great attitude in the world won’t amount to a hill of beans unless you take initiative to ‘get off your butt and do what you have been called to do.'” ~ My Dad

Is there something in your life that you are enthusiastic about, have a passion for, or even have a great attitude about. but you never seem to move forward in seeing it through to fruition? Consider the power of initiative, and take a step towards making it happen. Your greatest potential awaits you.

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