People Are Still Asking Me…
Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me this question. Most are taken back by my answer; “It depends upon who you talk to.” I oftentimes will elaborate and say, “Some are setting records, others are in trouble. Which one’s do you want to talk about?” Most are not sure how to answer that. Some will say, “I mean with this economy.” I will then usually ask, “Whose economy?” If they are still listening at this point, I will go on and say, “I believe everyone has his and her own economy. I do not believe in some universal economy that applies to everyone. We all make our own economy. Mine is just fine, how is yours?”
No, I am not trying to be a wise-guy, that’s just the way I see it. I am especially appalled by someone that is selling in a retail store in Hawaii who feels that the economy is a problem. When pressed on that topic, I will say, “I am sure there are people who have a bad economy, perhaps have even lost their jobs, cars and homes, but, they are not coming to Hawaii to get over it. One cannot come to Hawaii in a motorhome and we do not have any public campgrounds here. Airline travel is expensive, restaurants are expensive, and hotels are extremely expensive. The people coming into your store (for the most part) are spending a lot of money on all of these things and most likely can afford to buy whatever it is you’re selling.”
“It’s Not My Fault”
The biggest threat to success is finding some excuse beyond your control that you believe is the problem. Once that happens you relinquish responsibility and become paralyzed. I hear people blame the economy, the traffic, the weather, their co-workers and even their customers. In reality they are their own problem.
What Can I Do?
The next time you catch yourself feeling overwhelmed, simply ask yourself, “What can I be doing right now, this minute, to improve the situation?” The keywords in this question are “I, this minute, and improve.” When you get an answer, act upon it, if you don’t get an answer ask yourself the question again. There is always an answer. When you find that answer, and act upon it, you are on the right road.