Experience has convinced me that Norman Vincent Peal was right! How you think of the future will determine it. If you always see half-empty glasses, that is your future; half-full, likewise. At ICBA we believe in the future of community banks and the community banking industry. And because that is our vision we will work every day to shape it, and we will achieve it. The glass is never half empty at ICBA.
Every organization (and person for that matter) has two choices—whine, moan, damn the present and the future as being hopeless and take whatever is dished out, or plow through the present and take the future head on to shape it to the vision of the world in which you want to live.
“Dandy” Don Meredith got it right. When things were not going well for the team on the field and his fellow commentators began to make excuses, he would say “if ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, oh what a party we’d have.” We can whine or we can do something about it.
Rather than moan about the past, whining about the “ifs” and “buts” and what “could’ve been,” ICBA chooses to focus on making a better future for our community banks. ICBA chooses to engage and shape our destiny. We will not wallow in the “ifs” and “buts.” There are plenty of others in Washington that do that. At ICBA we will fight for the future of community banks, not take it as it comes.