Specifically, I’ve channeled too much energy into getting frustrated at other people’s behavior, or their points of view, or their approaches to problems that I would solve differently. I’ve gotten frustrated at the lack of originality or inspiration around me, or lamented the loss of standards of business excellence, or felt like “we” could be doing so much better.
And you know what?I’m being a jackass.
That doesn’t solve anything. Moreover, no one owes me a damned thing.
In fact, the only person I should really be worried about is me. How well am I building my business? Am I focusing my attention where it’s most needed and useful? Am I paying attention to the people and things that make be better, not the ones that drag me backwards or get me stuck somewhere I’ve been for too long?
When it all comes down to it, what other people are doing doesn’t matter.
I’m responsible for the information I take in, for the inspiration I find, for the work that I do.
I’m responsible for removing my attention from something or someone when it no longer helps propel me forward, and I’m responsible for raising my game and skating to where the puck is going to be, not where it was ten minutes ago.
If something is missing from the world, perhaps instead of whining about it, it’s time for me to go create it.
When I’m feeling frustrated or like I’m lacking direction or focus, the answer is not looking sideways and getting all wrapped around the axle about what everyone else is up to (or not). I can’t change them.
The only person I control is me, and the only outcomes I can truly own are the ones I create.
So, when I feel lost, it’s up to me to redraw the map.
It’s natural sometimes to get off track, especially when you’re building something or somethings and you spend the majority of your time worried about how it will all turn out. It’s human nature to look for blame sometimes instead of taking responsibility. Responsibility, after all, is a lot harder.
But take it from me.
You don’t find momentum standing in one spot, looking around you, and concerning yourself with where everyone else is headed.
You find it by looking straight ahead and carving a new trail.