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As our team looked back on 2018, we felt gratitude.

As we look forward to 2019, we see opportunity.

What about you?

Early in my career, I remember once entering a new year not feeling gratitude nor seeing opportunity, but just feeling stuck.

The opportunities were few and the obstacles were many. I felt like a victim of circumstances.

Have you ever felt that way?

Then I was listening to a podcast by Andy Stanley where he challenged me to my core with two simple words:

“Take responsibility.”

As every objection came to my mind, he repeated those two simple words like a mantra:

“Take responsibility.”

Today I’m going to say the same to you. Because when I prod you about your future, I can hear all the obstacles as they pop into your mind:

“MY TEAM WON’T STEP UP. I ALWAYS HAVE TO COME TO THEIR RESCUE…”

Ok. Take responsibility.

“OUR CLIENTS WONT LET US…”

Right. Take responsibility.

“THE INDUSTRY DOESN’T VALUE WHAT WE DO ANYMORE…”

I hear you. Take responsibility.

Here’s the deal: what I’ve found lies beneath 99% of your nagging frustrations is a dirty little secret that you might not like hearing…

You set it up that way. 

(I just said this to one of my clients who for years has been overworked, underpaid, and under-appreciated. She didn’t like it much. She would much rather keep making excuses. But she knew I was right.)

Over the years, that simple phrase “take responsibility” changed not just my career, but my life.

Then a few days ago I stumbled upon this charming quote from the Doc Brown character in the Back to the Future movies:

“Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one!

At RevThink, we like to put it this way: the best way to deal with the future is to create it.

So now it’s your turn.

Your future hasn’t been written yet. You are a creator. What will you create in 2019?

Chart your course.

Stop making excuses.

Take responsibility.

Create.

And know we’re here to help.

Cheers,

Joel

P. S. We are announcing several new resources to help you on your journey. Visit revthink.com for details.


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