What can you learn from Scrooge? You know, Ebenezer Scrooge, the famous character in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I am sure you have seen the movies and the various recreations of the book if you haven’t actually read the book.
What can we learn from Scrooge? No doubt you are thinking to give, to love, having a kind heart, not being so stingy with money, to find the good in everything. Yes, all of those are right. Those are good points. But the overall point that you have to take away from it is changing. Ebenezer had to change!
If he didn’t change, he would live out the future that he saw with the last ghost, the ghost of Christmas future. He saw how loving he was in the past and how good it was and wonderful it was to have relationships, he saw that he lost his marriage due to money, he saw that his current life was keeping his employee Bob Cratchet from having all his family needed, and his future was bleak with everyone wanting him dead so they could have his money. He was worth nothing to everyone.
So what I want you to walk away thinking about today is the power of change. What do you need to change so that you don’t live with regrets? What do you need to change so that you can get out of your own way and create your successful business? What do you need to change to create the marriage you want, have the relationships with your parents, your coworkers, your spouse, your kids, your neighbors, etc.? What do you need to change before your life ends up being bleak like Scrooge?
And if you are thinking, “I don’t have to change anything, I’m fine.” Then ask yourself this, what kind of amazing life do you want to have? How do you ENSURE you have it? What do you do to ensure nothing changes you for the worse so you can have it?
Decide and then go watch A Christmas Carol. Think about your life and how you won’t have those regrets, you will stay out of your own way, you will be successful, and have the people you love around you. You can and will have it all because you will change and you will stand guard at the doorway of your mind and your life to ensure that you do.