Most people blame; winners take responsibility

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When faced with something you wish were better; look first at yourself.

 

Winners ask themselves, “Am I contributing to the problem?”
“Am I creating the problem?”
“What can I do to make it better?”

Many years ago, as I walked the trail around the lake near my home, I noticed the disgusting litter left by the other walkers. Tissues, water bottles, juice boxes, and other discarded packaging lined each side of the trail. What are people thinking?

 

I wondered to myself why the staff didn’t clean up this mess. Why isn’t someone doing something about this?

 

“They” should do a better job!
People shouldn’t be such pigs!

 

Then it dawned on me, that I was acting like most people. I felt ashamed that I was blaming others. Why don’t I do something about it?

 

I purchased a dowel rod, drove a nail into one end, sharpened the nail, and started picking up the trash as I walked.

 

I found that I enjoyed my walks more, because my exercising continued with the added benefit of making the trail more attractive for the other hikers.

 

I walked more, because I felt they needed my help.

 

I’m not patting myself on my back. You do such things too. But this illustrates the the points.

 

When faced with something you wish were better; look first at yourself.

 

Most people blame; winners take responsibility.
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