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Working Wonders

I find it astonishing the number of people who complain about their lot in life. In their cases, the challenges they’re experiencing or the desired results they’re not getting seem to always be caused by some outside influence. It never is their responsibility!

A classic case in point was in the newspaper recently. The essence of the story being a person convicted of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from an employer. The case crawled through the legal process for over six years and reached the final sentencing stage in the past few days.

During the litigation proceedings at one point the convicted person rejected a plea bargain to a year in the local jail and left the sentence in the hands of the presiding judge. The convicted person’s hope was to just have to serve probation and pay restitution. The judge decided to test the convicted person’s resolve in paying back the former employer so he held off sentencing for six months to see how much the person would pay.

When the six month deadline ended the judge learned the person had paid nothing until a few days before the final sentencing date and the amount paid was a very small sum in relation to the amount embezzled. The judge also learned that the convicted person felt little personal responsibility and was blaming the whole situation on manic depression and employer manipulation. I say again…it never is their responsibility!

The judge rendered a sentence of twenty years in state prison.

All of us have personal and ultimate ownership of how we deal with challenges we face. We have personal and ultimate ownership in the results we achieve. Yes, there can always be mitigating circumstances, etc., but it is still our ultimate responsibility to manage our lives. The wonder of a life fulfilled in a positive, meaningful and impactful way can only come through our personal effort. In a word, work!

Do you work as hard as the person you dream to be?

I help people and organizations Profit Through Performance. As a speaker, author, trainer and business consultant/coach, my areas of expertise are Performance Improvement and Inspirational Leadership.

Copyright (c) 2008 Gary Greenfield, Performance Alliance, L.C. All Rights Reserved Internationally. No portion may be used without prior written permission.

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