Here’s the Change YOU Control

in Self Motivation

Finally, thankfully, the elections are over. Today I’m taking what I originally wrote on November 6, 2008 and revising it slightly.

The candidate who promised real change four years ago has another four years to keep trying. He certainly wasn’t my choice, and I’m not getting  into a political debate. I’ve been in enough of those over the past year or so.

What I will do is suggest that no one should rely on the results of an election to control their destiny. Where the most meaningful change needs to happen is with ourselves if we as individuals, and we as a country, want to move forward.

And that means more people taking responsibility for personal change. 

What really scared me four years ago is that so many people were going to wait for the government to take care of them. That’s even more true today. And these will be the people who will still be in their same position–or worse–two, four, or eight years from now.

The real prosperity will come from those of you…us…who change ourselves and MAKE things happen. Just like it always has.

The great thing about sales is that we are in one of the most advantageous positions possible to do that, and to begin right NOW.

But wait, some might say, we are in some very challenging times

Yes, today, we are in an environment with a fragile economy, a tenuous situation internationally, and some real unknowns about our government. But I suggest you look at these variables like most ultra-successful people do: treat them like the weather.

The economy and government intervention is just like the weather: It exists. We live within it. Some people let it control them and bitch and whine about it, and blame it for their lack of happiness and success.

Others adapt to it. Just like the horrible situation on the East coast with Sandy that directly affected many of you. You couldn’t control what happened, only how you reacted to what happened.

Stuff (insert your other s-word of choice) happening around us is inevitable. So we deal with it. We change personally. We make changes. We control what we can (which is a lot more than most people think).

I met a guy on the golf course who owns a small business, has had some struggles the past four years, but has reinvented, adapted, and is making it work. He has a tremendous attitude, and a very simple, yet powerful philosophy for business and life:

“Stuff breaks then I fix it.”

Past and future success stories are created when we refuse to let outside forces or influences drive our bus to happiness, success, and wealth.

I hope you are that person. I challenge you to be that person.

So, again, will you wait for, and hope for change?

Or will YOU change?

Will you MAKE change happen?

If so, what will it be?

What will it look like, specifically?

When will you start?

Yes, I’m all for change. The kind I can control, and see immediate results from. I hope you are too.

I’d like your comments on this. Please share your thoughts and plans below. And do pass it along to others.

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Candace November 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

One of your best, Art! Nicely said.

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Candace, much appreciated.

Also, I apologize for taking so long to reply to the comments. A bit embarrassed to say, still getting used to the new site, and didn’t realize we had comments to be moderated.

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Keith November 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Bang-on, Art… couldn’t agree with you more!!

I trust many will actually take your sound advice and DO something… THINK something positive!

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Sounds like a great plan, Keith. Thanks for the comment!

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Gary Slavin November 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

The UNITED States of America. What a great Country. This is a Country where we can all watch all night as we elect officials to represent us in OUR Government. It’s our Country and now it’s our job to stand behind those who were elected whether we voted for them or not and help them make this Country even better. It’s about time that, in a Country where we ask our athletes to serve as role models for our youth, we serve as role models for the World and show them how a Country comes together to right itself and make this Country and the World a better place to live. Don’t walk away from your responsibility just because your candidate did not win. All our elected official need and deserve our support so we can, as a Nation, make life better for everyone in the USA and the World. Everyone, not just those who shared our beliefs and voted as we did, but everyone! More than ever, we need to stand United to keep this Country the great Country that we love.

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Where did I say I was walking away? Please read the post again. I’m suggesting that the producers in this country operate at even a higher level. And I wish everyone in this country would follow your advice.

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Frank Furgiuele November 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm

“Change”…undoubetly the BEST motivational article you’ve ever sent out, and I’ve followed you for almost 20 years. You should get back up on top of that soap box a little more often Art.

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Thanks Frank. I’d like to, but my day job keeps me busy 🙂

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Jane November 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Hello Art,
I read your weekly tips and usually take away something useful from them. You took the liberty of sharing your political thoughts so I wanted to ask you something. Exactly what were the things that people were waiting for the government to take care of for them 4 years ago? I remember a massive number of folks that I work with being laid off. I also remember my 401K dropping a good 40%. I would expect that one would like the responsible party that caused these problems to fix them, don’t you? I’m entirely in agreement with everyone making their own changes but we all can use a little help whether it’s a rich relative or the government.

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

As I mentioned Jane, I’m not getting into a political discussion, nor one about the facts about the entitlement spending in our country. That all has been covered in the news very thoroughly– when one can find an unbiased source that actually reports it. Unfortunately, for too many people, their rich relative is Uncle Sam and that’s the way they want to keep it.

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Laurie November 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Wow, Art! Truly inspiring, and I could not agree more. Thank you for this.

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Much appreciated Laurie!

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Tim Cunningham November 7, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Hi Art,

Change is the one thing in life that is constant…

Friend, fan and follower for years . . . However, ( a virgin blogger ) I am looking forward to the interaction.
Quick question … do you have a source for employment listings? I am currently looking to get off the road and into an office phone sales position in order to stay close to the Phoenix Metro Area.

Thanks for all your words of encouragement over the years.

Tim Cunningham

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Tim, great to hear from you! Try http://www.Indeed.com , a compiler of job posting from many sites.

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Brenda November 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

My change begins the 2nd of December. Today and until then, I reflect, plan and prepare. I set my priorities, I analyze my challenges, I study and I pray.

The day has a double meaning for me and it’s a perfectly logical day for me personally. There are things I cannot control that can happen before then, which I consider today my biggest challenge. But then, things can change. I have hope and I have faith. No savy sales technique can top that but thank you anyway!

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Best wishes to you Brenda.

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Wade Yarbrough November 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Good Morning Art,

I received the above in an email and went to this link. Your thoughts express my feelings exactly. For 25 years I have run a small business to business software company and was very discouraged by the election. But I woke up yesterday and was determined to re-commit myself to the business. I shut off the tv, the radio, forget the newspapers and just work. Actually work and golf.

Thanks for thoughts,

Wade Yarbrough

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Lynda Baker November 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hi Art,

Thank you for your encouraging words. Our personal success is a grassroots effort. Any achievement that occur as a result of my effort is something I can share. If I learn something new, that works or doesn’t work, I can pass it on. Everybody benefits…And I feel a strong sense of contribution. On the other hand, if I wait for someone else to help me (e.g the government, my employer, my spouse), I could be waiting a LONG time 🙂 and no one benefits.

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Lynda, great points. As some very wise people have said, “Hope is not a strategy.” Nor is waiting. Action is.

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Scott November 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Art, I love reading your emailed newsletters/blogs. They are motivating and inspiring.
This one was especially timely. I’ve been feeling down and quite concerned after the election.
However, there is a glimmer of hope that remains and you put light to it.
Start with the “Man in the Mirror” to make the change.

Keep ’em coming!

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Art Sobczak November 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Absolutely Scott, keep at it. Thanks for the nice comments too.

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