In the newspaper this morning, I was reading about the BP exec who will step down on OCT 1st as a direct result of how he handled the oil spill in the Gulf. I am not any sort of engineer nor do I like science very much so I did not really expect to get any “personal lessons” from the article. THEN, bingo, there it was. ” We had endless conversations about safety but not a lot about execution.”
WOW, what a great lesson for all of us, not about safety but about dreams, goals, personal investments… and this is how it looks.
I met someone last week so said, ” I would love to travel and see the world but I do not ever have any money.” My mind flashed back to a conversation with this same person just a few weeks ago who had spent ” thousands on fireworks for 4th of July” and a few years ago who said ” I go to Las Vegas about twice per year and spend a minimum of $5,000.00.”
Ok, lets do the very simple math. In just one year, $10,000 PLUS $2,000… ummm $12,000! This is not counting airfare and hotel room or food!
I was curious about costs to travel to lets say Paris this year so I checked on line. Air about $8000.00/ hotels were all over the map on pricing. From previous trips to France I know that the “metro”, the subway is dirt cheap. I also know that people watching at a little sidewalk cafe is free except for the price of a ” cafe au lait and an exquisite croissant.”
How can we all learn a lesson from that simple sentence in the paper about BP? Here is how!
Stop talking about what your plans are and start making concrete plans to EXECUTE! Yea, you heard me, stop blowing smoke or oil or whatever you want to call it and take responsibility for making your dreams come true….
If you have no clue how to stop the endless cycle of “talk” and start the new ” get it done” behaviors, here is a place to start.
GO PUBLIC. Tell a whole bunch of people that you want to be held accountable for doing something different with your life. Tell them to STOP you when you begin to blow smoke and ask you this simple question.
“So what ARE you going to do about it?”
It is a big leap from “just talk” to “personal responsibility”. It’s got to start somewhere right? Start TODAY.
Taking positive steps to your better life is the best way to LOVE YOURSELF!
love and light