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Want change? Stop hoping. Start doing!

I love a great story about someone who beat the odds to be successful.  You do too.  It’s inspirational.

I recently came across a success story that once again reminded me that while hope is great, it is the action that makes the difference.  People don't wander into improving their careers and lives, they make it happen

Below is an excerpt from that story.  It comes from one of my favorite organizations in St. Louis, the St. Patrick Center.

Aaron found himself homeless after he lost his job. A Journeyman ironworker, he fell back on paying his dues and without a job, was forced to move into a local shelter. “I lived in the shelter for three months and kept hearing stories about St. Patrick Center,” says Aaron. “Everyone kept telling me to check it out for myself, so I did.” 

When he arrived at St. Patrick Center, Aaron met with caseworkers who were determined to get him back on the right path to employment. “They knew I was serious about getting my life back on track,” he states. “They saved my life… they literally saved my life!”

Within months, Aaron re-paid his union dues and went back to work. He now finds himself telling people who are struggling about St. Patrick Center and how much the agency helped him build permanent, positive change, and he continues to express his gratitude. “Our job as humans is to help other people… St. Patrick Center is truly a place that develops love between people.”

Hopefully you see the key to this story.  While the great people at St. Patrick Center are hugely important here, It was Aaron’s own decision to change that made the difference.  He started planning for success.  He got proactive! 

Do you have an area of your career or life that needs to improve?  If you do, that would make you normal.

If you are reading this, it’s a reasonable guess that you are not in a predicament like Aaron was in.  And yet, you may hesitate to change.  Your story may be different, but the factors are the same.  If things aren’t working for you, make the commitment to change that.

It won’t come to you.  Stop hoping for change and do what Aaron did.

Decide to change. Learn. Put it into action.

Plan for your success and get proactive doing it.

“If we don’t start, it’s certain we can’t arrive.” – Zig Ziglar

Question:  What are some things you can proactively do to make a difference in your life?

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Comment by Bernice Coles on July 6, 2012 at 10:05pm

Less talk. More Do.

Comment by Peter A Ferguson on July 6, 2012 at 5:21pm

Taking action on dreams is a LOT of fun. I can't believe what a great year this has been. I went to the Sanctuary. I've met great people on 48Days.net, I'm going to have my free preview and then workshops shortly. I'm learning a lot, and having a lot of fun. Instead of spending money on "stuff," I've been able to spend it on learning, investing, and making life better for myself and those around me.

~Pete

Comment by Nate Schubick on July 6, 2012 at 4:49pm

The hand up is better than hand out. It does help to receive help when a person is truly down on their luck. I think you are right, though, in noting it was his decision to change. Great insight

Comment by Mark J Cundiff on July 6, 2012 at 2:58pm

Jeff,

Great post! So true that we are a result of the decisions we make. Great example of this in real life. 

Thanks for the reminder and inspiration.

Mark J. Cundiff

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