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You’re not a tree

Life is about taking ownership of your destiny and having the discipline to do what needs to be done to feel successful in life (and work).

“If you don’t like how things are, change it. You are not a tree.”

Jim Rohn

I took a liking recently to the quotes from Jim Rohn. At the risk of offending someone, I had never heard of Jim until a few months ago.

Thanks to the algorithm of Instagram, one of his quotes showed up, which was enough reason to do a little more research.

I added one of his other quotes to my website:

“Success is something you attract by the person you become.”

Jim Rohn

When you study his quotes and reflect on them a little more, they all have one common element.

It’s about taking ownership of your destiny and having the discipline to do what needs to be done to feel successful in life (and work).

It’s about showing up for yourself and others.

I dedicated a cue to ‘Showing up’ in my playbook, “10 Life-Changing Cues for Success and Significance.”

Primarily because you can prepare the best plans in the world, but if you don’t show up and execute them, they will be plans for the rest of your life.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not pretending to be perfect here.

I also have a plan that has not gotten executed until now. And that’s to finish my book about Leadership, Learning, Life, and Alignment.

The raw content is ready. Now I need to sit down and structure. And that’s about making time.

I need to show up to complete this book.

But you also may have areas in your life where you need to show up.

As a leader. As a learner. In your life. And perhaps in aligning yourself with others.

You must show up as a service to yourself and who you are, making sure you chase your dreams and don’t look back in regret.

Or, to use another Jim Rohn quote:

“The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not to give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized — never knowing.

Jim Rohn

There are two reasons how I got the inspiration for writing this insight:

  1. As a reminder to myself that there are still dreams left to chase.
  2. As a reminder to others who are demonstrating entitlement while complaining about things done to them.

Complaining is easy. Showing ownership to do something about it or eventually walk away shows character and courage.

Showing up is a daily business. It’s not something you do once in a while.

Your Turn:

Showing up starts when you wake up in the morning.

Do you leave the bed when the alarm goes off or hit snooze and turn around again?

Do you stick to your plan and exercise or leave it for the evening or the following day? Or do you skip the workout at all?

We all do this at times,


Once is a coincidence; twice is a pattern.

Do more of what makes you happy!


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Erikjan Lantink
Business & Leadership Coach

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