If you work for yourself, the answers could include:
- family members who rely on you to bring money into the household, and what that money pays for
- creditors - people you pay for the goods and services you need - for example a business loan or a mortgage.
Then there are those people within every organisation who show up to get their attendance allowance. They do the minimum possible and it shows in their results and the results of their organisation.
Or take sporting activities - can you imagine if a member of your team showed up and couldn't be bothered to give it their all?
I have started walking a 5km circuit 3 times a week. By the time I hit the asphalt at 6.10am there are scores of people out. The worker bees in their suits racing to get the best parking spots because they just have to get into the office at ridiculous o'clock. The cyclists, the runners, the walkers who insist on exercising their jaws just as much as their bodies. I tell you, if everyone was as motivated with things on their goal lists as those who spend their walking time gossiping about who did what to so and so, the world and those in it would be a much better place.
But there are a group of people who are not only out and busy at 6am, but they've been out for about an hour prior to that. There is a boys school on the circuit I walk. It also happens to back onto the swan river and this school uses the river to train their rowing team. Singles, doubles, quads and 8's all on the river. The boys range in age from 12 - 18 and they are coached by several dedicated and motivated teachers and assistants. Every day there are words of encouragement, suggestions on improvement, and most importantly as I heard yesterday morning - relaxed competence. "Drop your shoulders, heads high, keep pulling together and you will win". Every person playing their part.
These boys and their parents would be up around 5am, their training over by 7, and everything and everyone showered and ready for a normal day of lessons by 8.
Can you imagine if any one of those boys decided not to show up and play their part?
Well out there, in the "real world" it happens all the time. And because we can get away with it - or so it seems, we may be tempted to try and do a little less tomorrow.
Are you going to show up today and play your part or are you just going to ... well you know?
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