When checking my TimeHop app a few days ago, I found this little quote I had posted 2 years ago. I don't remember the specifics of what I was doing at that time, or exactly what it alluded to. Yet, it seemed to jump off the screen at me and be relevant in my current world. Obviously this has far reaching meaning for many situations and, chances are, you have already read it and applied to whatever is going on personally for you. It is completely truth that the responsibility for making stuff happen is entirely yours. Personal, professional. family, whatever. If you don't make it happen, it probably won't.
"Pulling yourself up by the bootstraps" is a quality that seems to have become very rare in today's world. It is something we heard told in stories about our parents' or grandparents' generations all the time. The Great Depression, for example, is one of the shining times in American history that people fought against the harsh economic environment to push forward and persevere. World War II is also filled with such inspiring stories. What happened to that? Of course there are the occasional stories of this similar type of thing occurring today, but admit it, when you hear a story like that it seems incredible because it is so rare. It is this author's opinion that it is the distractions of our current world that are the biggest adversary. I fully admit that constantly being connected with a laptop, smartphone, and tablet can sometimes lead to more time being wasted. The business of distractions is not only increasing year over year, but it has become a multi-million dollar industry in it's own right. It is easily understandable why people struggle just to keep their status quo satisfied, let alone actually take steps to move ahead.
Having said all that, it is still our responsibility to get it done. Each one of us should be in the business of "making stuff happen". Find out what works for you to break out tasks thru the day such as a "time management grid" as laid out by Stephen Covey in "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". Anything from managing a busy house to managing a company. Finishing college to finishing a workout. Remember, no matter the outcome you have to own it. You can either have stock in success or failure. I would tell you that anyone can do it, but that would be a lie. Succeeding is not for everyone; but you are different. It is for you. Make it happen. "Carpe Diem" and then, if necessary, "Carpe Noctem". I promise at the end you won't look back and wonder how you did it, you will wonder what you can get done next.