Bring jobs back: Right here, now

As a high school soccer coach, we have suffered some tough defeats over the years. One thing I know about defeats is that blaming and complaining doesn’t change anything. What happened yesterday is history and we can’t change it. Tomorrow isn’t here yet. What we do have is today, this current moment, right here right now where we can take action.

People can get bogged down worrying about yesterday that they can’t change. They can also get bogged down worrying about might happen tomorrow. Most of the things we worry about will never happen. What we do know is that all of this steals time away from today where we can actually do something.

One of the things I enjoy most about Shale Crescent USA is that I get to work with leaders that understand this. Some months ago, we were faced with a challenging problem. It would have been easy to waste an hour complaining as I was used to seeing at organizations as an employee. Our leader quickly silenced any complaining when he said, “We can’t change what has happened. What are we going to do?” In less than an hour we had come up this a solution and a plan to implement it.

Some people are worried that if they believe in the future their hopes could be dashed again. They have been disappointed before and don’t want it to happen again. That is understandable but is it the right thing to do? Anyone that has played football, soccer and other contact sports knows that getting knocked down is part of the game. What makes the difference between winning and losing is how fast you can get up. It is all about getting back up, getting back in the game and not quitting.

Life is no different. It probably has more disappointments than successes. How many of these have you experienced? Laid off from job. Didn’t get promotion you expected. Didn’t get hired for job you wanted. Failed a test. Turned down for a date. Boyfriend or girlfriend broke up with you. Experienced a divorce. Lost a game. Mountaineers lost a big game. Fell off your bicycle or skateboard. Wrecked your car. Had your dog or cat die. Lost a family member to death. Lost a close friend or relative. Had a sick child. Had a serious illness. Your kids had to leave to find work. Santa missed you at Christmas and you weren’t even naughty. Didn’t get the present you wanted. You get the idea and this is a very short list. You can probably add many more. Life is full of disappointments that you have experienced, survived and fought back from. You didn’t quit. This is not the time to quit on our communities.

I challenge people to always have high goals. When our seniors chose to dream high and set a goal to win the State Championship everything changed. They stopped complaining about getting up early for two a day practices. They worked harder in practice daily. They were more focused. When we aim high, believe it is possible and do the work every day good things happen. We not only succeeded, success became a habit.

When we aim high I learned that even if we fail we end up better than aiming low and succeeding or not having any goals at all. Shale Crescent is aiming high. We are heading to Japan to meet with key prospects in January of 2018. That took belief and hard work by our entire Team. It starts with what we do every day in the present. Right here and right now.

We can’t change yesterday. Tomorrow isn’t here or even promised. All we have is today. Right here and right now. Take action. Make a difference. Use today well and we can all make tomorrow great. Thoughts to ponder.

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Greg Kozera is the Director of Marketing for Shale Crescent USA www.shalecrescentusa.com . He has over 40 years of experience in the energy industry. Greg is a leadership expert with a Masters in Environmental Engineering and the author of four books and numerous published articles.

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