If we’re not careful, after about 20-25 years into our career…..we start to get “stagnant.” We’ve started to experience some degree of success, and we began to sit back… and take it easy. We start “resting on our residuals.” We’ve already started thinking about what we’re going to do when we retire. So…we start accessing the future, and come to find out that we’re in big trouble.
The facts are these: We’ve gotten so comfortable in our jobs that a few younger guys are beginning to “out-perform-us.” And worse, management is taking notice. Management is beginning to think that they can get two of me, for the price of one of them. Our jobs are in jeopardy. It’s noted too, that the down-turn in the economy is beginning to effect the profits of our company, which adversely affect all of us. The economy is gotten so bad, that some of us are “upside-down” in our mortgages, and college expenses are up 35%. We’ve just discovered that our 401K’s are valued-down some 30-40%, and it seems like everything we’ve known and trusted over the last 20-25 years is about to fall into oblivion. Ok…you have the point.
Resting on our laurels is beginning to look like a “big-mistake.” We’ve got to figure a way to “turn-things-around.” We’ve got to convince the “bosses” that we can make “things happen.” We just need more time. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Does any of this apply to you? Are you a victim? Or, are you part of the problem? The point here, is that when building a career…. We can NEVER go in neutral. We can NEVER slow down. We can NEVER rest on our laurels…or our residuals. We can NEVER let our guard down. This scenario is “all part of the deal” in building one’s career. Any “successful leader” will confirm this.
This is not just true in our own personal lives; but is true on the national front, as well. America is sitting on its “past reputation.” We’re in trouble! The way to turn this around is get up early, hit the ground running, work hard all day, and NEVER take NO for an answer. The best is yet to come, but we will not see improvements until we commit to improvements. The type of commitments that we’ve been making in the last 10 years…is to… let the other guy do it. Let the other guy “pay for me.” When we realize, as we did in 1776, that there are “no free lunches,” that we “all must work” for what we want out of life. We just need to “roll up our sleeves”…get serious, and get busy… taking care of ourselves, rather than expecting the “other man do it.” The “other man” has run out of money.
Further, we need to examine our priorities…who comes first? For too long, we’ve put “me ahead of Him.” Let me put it this way…. When we put God last on the list, then….pretty soon…we all become God-less. God will not tolerate playing second fiddle. Remember the “great flood.” God wiped the earth clean God is not only the great “Savior of man-kind,” …. He is also the “Great Equalizer.” When we put God first… we will soon find that “all is well.” In Proverbs 3:6,.. we are told: In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.
…Blessings … cjlb…12/12/14