The Grass Isn’t Greener

by Bill Gough, Allstate Hall of Fame Member

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying “The grass is greener on the other side” just as many times as I have.

The other day I found myself thinking about my life and how I am happy with where I’m at right now. I’ve been creating my own success for many years now. When I started thinking about that old saying, I found myself disagreeing with it.

The grass isn’t greener on the other side—the grass is green right here, right where we are right now. If we want green grass, we have to make it green ourselves!

Our human nature is to tend to believe we'll be happier and more successful anywhere but where we are, and so we pursue happiness and chase success. We are disillusioned by thinking that one day we will just magically wake up happy and successful.

I’ve found that happiness and success aren’t found by simply wanting them. We have to take action and create for ourselves the lives that we want—success and happiness included.

I guess you are saying to yourself, “Geez Bill, you’re a pro at this.” “But, how can I take action and move in the right direction when I am stuck in this rut?” “

My response to you will be… “You need to start by setting your GOAL, making your PLAN, and taking your ACTION!” (Or what I like to call, GPA.)

  • Goal: I was taught I could have almost anything in this life I want if I have a strong, burning desire to achieve it. I was also taught that desire alone is not enough; we must commit it to paper. It must be specific with a deadline for achievement.
  • Plan: Next, we commit on paper HOW we aim to achieve our goal. This is our plan. This must include what we are going to do and who is responsible.
  • Action: The final step is simply taking the written plan and putting it into motion.

The people that consistently do this simple process succeed almost every time.

Here’s a question for you . . . Are you writing out your goals and action plans?

I would bet that 95% of you reading this are not, and that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up. Start NOW.

It doesn’t matter what goal you want to accomplish or how long you anticipate it will take you to complete. The important thing is taking action toward your goals.