Are You or your Performance to Blame?

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I just heard this great story from Zig Ziglar.

It’s a story of a teacher.

In his class there were two Johnny’s.

One was every mother’s nightmare.

The other was every mother’s dream.

One did all the good things

One did all the bad things.

One night at a meeting one mother comes up to the teacher and says “tell me about my Johnny”.

The teacher assumed that the mother wouldn’t be asking about the bad Johnny.

So he tells the mother all about how great the good Johnny is in class. He’s a great role model, always on time, works hard..

The next day the bad Johnny comes up to the teacher and says that he knows he’s been doing some bad things but wanted to thank the teacher  for what he said to his mother.

The bad Johnny says “From this moment on I’m going to do everything I can to live up to what you told my mother about me”.

The astonishing part is that he went from an “F” student to a “C” student and by the end of the year he was on the honor roll.

It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we have something to live up to.


If you haven’t done something well you shouldn’t criticize yourself, criticize your performance because you are capable of doing it. You just didn’t perform well before.

Don’t be telling yourself that “I can’t do that, I always mess it up”.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Did I put in enough effort?
  • Did I set realistic goals?
  • Did I follow the best diet and workout for myself?
  • Did I get the support I needed form others?
  • Did I follow the schedule?
  • Did I have a plan to follow?
  • Did I give myself the best chance to be successful?

I believe in you, you can be successful this time.

Get started with the support you need from others and a plan to follow: http://darrenletourneau.com/bbchallenge/


Darren Letourneau

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