Today’s Jack’s Winning Words starts us all off this week with this little quote – “We are all manufacturers. Some make good; others make trouble; and still others make excuses.” (A.A. Stagg) Jack went on to explain who Stagg was – Stagg was one of great football coaches of all time. The Univ of Chicago fired him as their coach thinking that he was too old at age 70. He kept coaching at other places and retired when he was 96.
As we head into a new work week think about what you will be manufacturing this week. Will it be good or bad or maybe just excuses why your really didn’t make anything? It’s really about how you spend your time, the decisions that you make and your own predisposition towards the positive or negative. If you are a trouble maker you will likely end most weeks alone – not a good place to be. If you are prone to procrastination, you will end the week with a bad case of the “coulda, woulda, shoulda’s”. Don’t go there, either.
To get off on a more positive foot, you can start by going beyond the somewhat tentative childhood role model of the Little Engine that Could. Don’t start out your week saying to yourself, “I think I can, I think I can.” Instead start out on a more positive note by repeating to yourself , “I know I can, I know I can.” Instead of reaching the end of the week in disappointed reflection about what might have been, you’ll be saying – “I did it.”
So, what will you manufacture this week? Make some good happen in your life and in the lives of others. Maybe a new friendship or relationship is out there waiting for you. I know you can do it. No excuses.