Last week I had a good catch up with a good friend of mine over the phone.  During the conversation the building blocks and principles of the Journey (my new book) were highlighted.  If I had to summarise the conversation with one phrase it would be “make it happen”As individuals, we can’t wait for things to happen or hope that someone pushes us along on our Journey.  It’s our Journey and so we have to take responsibility for it so if we want things to happen we have to “make it happen” whether this is personally, professionally or in our sports.  By taking responsibility we are taking control (controlling the controllables) which is a keep principle in our Journey.  This is hard work and extends our comfort zones (the other two principles in the book) as we move forward and go after what we want to happen so that we can “make it happen”. 

Making it happen also takes the Building Blocks of your Journey.  You need the belief that you have skills, qualities and ability to “make it happen”Whether this is today or in 6 months you have to have the belief that it will happen and you can do it.  This will keep you focused and driven to succeed; it will give you the motivation to keep going.  You also need to be aware of what exactly you want to make happen, the skills that you have and how you compare to everyone else going after the same thing.  This will provide the information you need to “make it happen”.  Finally you also need the balance to keep moving forward and take any hits along the way.  This balance comes from friends and family (like the phone call I described at the start) but also from yourself because you understand there are other things you want to “make happen” and so a knock back in one aspect does not prevent things from happening in these other aspects of your life.    

“Make it happen” was emphasized this morning as well when I was catching up on my emails and I received Seth Godin’s daily blog.  I have pasted it below and it really demonstrates the importance of “make it happen”

 

The circus is coming to town

Too often, we wait. We wait to get the gig, or to make the complex sale, or to find the approval we seek. Then we decide it's time to get to work and put on our show.

The circus doesn't work that way. They don't wait to be called. They show up. They show up and sell tickets.

When you transform the order of things, the power shifts. "The circus is going to be here tomorrow, are you going?" That's a very different question than, "are you willing to go out on a limb and book the circus? If you are, we'll come to town..."

People respond to forward motion. Auctions are always more exciting than "price available on request."