Are you a spectator or an active participant?
We have become a society of spectators. It is easier to watch old reruns of Friends on television than it is to make the effort to be a friend in real life. It’s easier to watch people lose weight on The Biggest Loser than it is to put down the bowl of ice cream, get off your butt, do a little exercise and lose it yourself. It’s certainly easier to watch people paint a room or clean out their closets on television than it is to do any of these things yourself. In fact, whole networks are dedicated to just that kind of programming so you can watch rather than do. It’s even easier to watch a TV nanny correct some other bad parent’s out-of-control children than it is to discipline your own kids.
Most people settle for much less than they have to because they are just too lazy to work for what they really want. They do a half-assed job when they are on the job, and then put little effort into living their dreams when they go home. That’s the dark hole of mediocrity most people have slipped into.
Life, happiness, prosperity, and success all take effort. Good things are never going to come along, grab you by the scruff of the neck and pull you up off the couch to get you on the road to success. You have to do that all by yourself. You have to stop watching the world go by and begin to participate in the action that creates a successful life. Is it work? Of course it is. Is it going to be hard? Yep. In fact, if it feels easy, then you are going in the wrong direction. The good life comes with work, sweat, tears and plenty of disappointment. But the good life is more than worth the effort. So stop watching the world go by and get involved.
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