Your Most Powerful Change Agent
There's a story about the the famous financer JP Morgan that a man approached him with an envelope saying, "Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell to you for $25,000.”
Though Morgan had no idea what was in the envelope he replied, "If you show me and I like it, I give you my word that I will pay what you ask."
The man agreed and gave him the envelope. Morgan opened it, and took out the single sheet of paper. He gave it a quick look, handed it back to the man, pulled out his checkbook and wrote him check for the agreed amount.
The contents of that letter:
1. Every morning, write a list of things that need to be done that do.
2. Do them.
The most powerful change agent you have isn't just simply action. Action, unfocused is a waste of time. Your most powerful agent is your integrity. It's first being honest with how you are. It's having purpose, expectations, and a clear direction in which you want to go.
In the book Legacy, the author writes: "By focusing on accuracy of action, we can change the relationship we have with our own thoughts. If we are our word to ourselves, then our thoughts become more committed, intentional, decisive. They become agents of change."
At the end of the day, no one is responsible for the results in your life except you. Besides uncontrollable circumstances, you are where you are today because of your integrity. You are not a by product of what you say, you are a by-product of what you do. People do not trust you for what you say, they trust you for what you do. And people will not follow you for what you say (for long), but will follow you to the end of the earth for what you do.
My integrity with writing these emails is challenged every morning I write them. Just like the negative thoughts creep in as you're driving to the gym, my mind starts telling me: You should just sleep in. You have nothing to write about. There's nothing wrong with taking a week off.
But then I remember why I do this. First, because it's something I committed to. Second, if I can help or just encourage one person, it's worth it.
At the end of the day, every thing that you do that is worthwhile will demand your integrity. You have to make your word your story. Align your head, mouth, heart and feet. And then take the advice above, make a commitment to what you need to do, and do it.