You’re Responsible

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

Have you figured out that you owe it to yourself? There is little doubt in my mind that you’re worth the effort to make every day a great day.

Today can be the day that you decide to own your actions. It’s a commitment not to be taken lightly and is guaranteed to change your life. From the time we are very small we learn to care about what other people think. We are judged. Each day you are responsible for letting go of that so you can be free to pursue the life you’ve envisioned.

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” -Chuck Swindoll

When you believe that you are responsible for your actions, you start to take control of your life. I had a gift for blaming anything else. I was super convincing to myself. I believed everything I told myself until it smacked me in the face like a wrecking ball. I was responsible for where I was. That realization sent me reeling for a while. Gradually, through trial and error, much of it the same trial and the same error, I began to understand how my beliefs impacted my actions and the results. I dove into books, talked with some fantastic people, made some great friends. Over time, I found myself doing less of the things that made me think “I suck” and more the things that moved me. I continue to feel better since that time. In particular, my attitude has changed for the better and the people closest to me have noticed.

The simple belief, however, that you are responsible for your actions does not ensure happiness. Owning your actions is just the beginning. Beliefs must be cultivated through consistent application and development. You have to practice, fail, learn and then practice some more.

To start moving your life forward decide to try to live the belief that you are responsible for everything you do in your life regardless of the circumstances. It’s a practice, you won’t always be successful. Be willing to learn and persevere and you will like what happens.

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