Leaders Make Things Happen

Leaders get results. Getting results is the price of leadership. Leaders don’t wait for things to happen; they make things happen. Leaders aren’t reactive; they’re proactive. It’s true that, like everyone, they often have to react to situations, but they’re playing the “game” on offense more than they are on defense: they spend most of their time acting rather than reacting.

Whether you seek to build a profitable business, establish a strong organization culture, run a hospital effectively, create a prosperous community, provide an empowering educational center for the next generation, organize your next family trip, or simply get back in shape, it won’t just happen. Results won’t just fall on your lap. You have to go after them—intently and resolutely.

If you’re going to achieve all that’s in your heart, you must step into the shoes of a leader and move from defense to offense, from reacting to acting, from observer to doer.

You can’t be passive and expect that your desired results will come to pass. You must go after them like a famished lioness after its prey.

You’re responsible for materializing your vision. And this demands that you be proactive and take action—consistent action—until you get your desired results.

Too many people are waiting for the business to build itself, for the change of career to happen on its own, for the book to write itself. They’re wishing that something or someone will magically bring about the result.

If you’re the one carrying the vision, you’re the leader. If it’s your project, you’re the leader. If it’s your goal, you’re the leader. If it’s your book, your business, your music album, etc., you’re the leader. And as such, you’re responsible for making things happen.

It doesn’t matter that you feel you don’t have the support and resources. You must get to work. Quite frankly, when you begin, you rarely have all the support and resources you’d hope for. But you must begin anyway; as you journey, you can find the support and the resources you need.

Focus on what you do have, rather than on what you don’t. What can you do with what you currently have? That’s where you begin: you make the most of what you currently have. And as you do (as you take action), you find solutions for what you don’t have; solutions are found in productive activity, not passivity.

To stir a car in the right direction, the car has to be moving. By being in motion, you can stir your life in the right direction.

You’re the leader. Make it happen.