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Don’t Do What You Are Told

How would you like to know one thing that will set you apart from 90% of other people?  This one thing will promote you faster – make you wealthier – and bring you into a greater state of being in life.  Here it is:
Don’t do what you are told…do more than you are told
How many times do we sit at work and do exactly what we are told and never deviate from our boss’ instructions?  We do the bare minimum; do only what is required to just get by.  We never think outside of the box or see anything else that we can add to what we are doing.  But I have seen enough in life to tell you that the only people who are moving forward are those who don’t merely do what they are told; they do more than they are told.  They are the “Initiators” in life.  They are the ones who see more than others see and do more than others do.  That is why Solomon told us:
Proverbs 10:4
He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich
How do you become more proactive in life rather than just reactive?
  • Take ownership of the problem. As long as you think it is someone else’s problem to solve then you will never do any more than the bare minimum.  But when you take ownership of it then you will do whatever it takes to make sure you come up with a solution
  • Focus on what you can control – not on what you can’t. The reason people get stuck is because they waste all their time worried about things out of their control.  Focus only on the things you can change and come up with solutions to change them.
  • Stay consistent . Initiators are people who “show up” every single day.  They are people you can depend on and never have to wonder if they will bring their “A Game” with them.  If you will be that person then it won’t be long until you are at the top
So what do say?  Are you ready to take some initiative today and stop doing only what you are told?  If you are bold enough to think outside the box – I guarantee there is a spot at the top of the ladder waiting for you!
Dr. Mark Lantz

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