On the weekend I had the following email sent to me:
"Paul, I don’t think this was in the karate kid movie but worth a go .
A few plants were taken away , but what that actually did was leave room for other plants to grow.
There you go sensei."
So very true and the next few years will vindicate that.
I saw the Albany site on the weekend for the first time for quite a while, I was staggered to see an athlete leaving a coach could generate 8 pages of mindless 'reactive' drivel - very sad to see what jealousy and fear does to some people.
I would be lieing if I said I didn't care, but that 'care' has little to do with me personally.
As Eleanor Roosevelt once said - "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
My concern or care is directed at the emotional instablilty of those poor souls whose feelings, emotions and general well-being appear to ebb & flow with the results and other happenings of YGTS. I wonder how they will ever grow, be successful or content if they continue to criticise me simply because the success of my squad magnifies their own mediocrity.
Not sure how many have read Dr Steven Covey's book - "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"
A best seller even today, and well worth a read.
Habit One deals with making choices and being proactive.
Here's a summation of the first Habit:
Habit 1 : Be Proactive
Your life doesn't just "happen." Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by you. The choices, after all, are yours. You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose decisiveness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage. You choose fear. Just remember that every moment, every situation, provides a new choice. And in doing so, it gives you a perfect opportunity to do things differently to produce more positive results.
Habit 1: Be Proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. You can't keep blaming everything on your parents or grandparents. Proactive people recognize that they are "response-able." They don't blame genetics, circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. They know they choose their behavior. Reactive people, on the other hand, are often affected by their physical environment. They find external sources to blame for their behavior. If the weather is good, they feel good. If it isn't, it affects their attitude and performance, and they blame the weather. All of these external forces act as stimuli that we respond to. Between the stimulus and the response is your greatest power--you have the freedom to choose your response. One of the most important things you choose is what you say. Your language is a good indicator of how you see yourself. A proactive person uses proactive language--I can, I will, I prefer, etc. A reactive person uses reactive language--I can't, I have to, if only. Reactive people believe they are not responsible for what they say and do--they have no choice.
Instead of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control, proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control. The problems, challenges, and opportunities we face fall into two areas--Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence.
Proactive people focus their efforts on their Circle of Influence. They work on the things they can do something about: health, children, problems at work. Reactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern--things over which they have little or no control: the national debt, terrorism, the weather. Gaining an awareness of the areas in which we expend our energies in is a giant step in becoming proactive.
Fair to say that the majority of the anonymous knuckleheads on Albany are summed up in Covey's description of a Reactive person.
And just for the record - I have been banned and de-registered from the Albany forum, therefore I can only read it from another source and that's if I choose to, which for obvious reasons I now rarely do. I certainly have no intention of ever leaving a comment on the Albany forum, whilst I remain banned and deregistered.
I'm happy with the progress of ProTrack. It will continue to grow with its integrity intact.