“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
Do you ever feel as if you are lacking something? One of the great passions as we become more global in our knowledge of others is comparison. We seem to constantly focus on what we don’t have or didn’t get. “Someone is more gifted, more attractive, smarter, younger or wealthier than I.”
I am constantly reminded of my own tendency to compare myself to others with more when I want something but I compare myself to others who do less when it comes to obligation. Tom’s wealthier than I am but I give more to the church than Archie does. Why don’t I compare my giving to Tom’s and my earnings to Archie?
Notice how when you do that, you give your limitations authority over you. They dictate your situation. You have given them the ability to direct your focus to inactivity. When you adopt President Roosevelt’s attitude above, you reclaim the authority over your circumstances and your world. You dictate the results; you transform yourself from victim to creator within the space between your ears.
In every instance there is a best thing we can do. For Christians, I refer to that as the most-Godly response. What is the most-Godly action I can take? For anyone wanting to be successful, we must do the most-Roosevelt response; we must always do what we can with what we have, right where we are. Rather than focus on the things we cannot do, giving them authority to make us a victim, we choose instead to focus on what we can do and we become a creator.
Leaders don’t make excuses. Leaders make a difference.
Are you creating your future? Care to offer some ideas or encouragement for others? Don’t just click away from this page. Share an idea on how you will create your own future this week. How will you do what you can, with what you have, right where you are?