May 26, 2003.
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
One of the toughest challenges youll ever face is accepting personal responsibility for your life. After all, its always more convenient to blame other people, things and circumstances anytime you come up short or fail to make the grade. As long as its someone elses fault, you can breath a little easier for a while.
But regularly shirking responsibility, pinning the blame everywhere but squarely on your own shoulders, eventually catches up with you. Sooner or later, and usually much sooner than you planned, youll discover that letting yourself off the hook ultimately only lets one person down and that one person is you.
"The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses."
Look, I know that shouldering responsibility for all of your goof ups and owning up to your blunders is no walk in the park. None of us, not even one of us, likes to make mistakes much less admit them to ourselves and to others. Yet thats exactly what the very best have learned to do and so must you if youre ever going to stake your claim alongside the best in history.
Lets face it, we all make mistakes. Lots of them. And regardless of whether you like it or not, youre going to keep making them until the day that you die. Making mistakes is not a big deal as long as you quickly bounce back and keep moving toward the fulfillment of your dreams. The manner in which you handle these defining moments, when your integrity is severely put to the test, shapes your life and your destiny on earth.
"You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself."
The people who have become the biggest success stories have also been the biggest mistake makers the world has ever known. That's right, those who have made the biggest splash are by and large the same people who have made the most mistakes. Whenever misfortune strikes, these champions are renown for quickly picking themselves up, immediately looking for a better way to do it and then getting back to work.
Instead of passing the blame or tossing out a feeble excuse, these winners always take any setback PERSONALLY. They realize that the only way theyre ever going to achieve their goals and make their dreams come true is to accept complete, total, 100% responsibility for their actions and their lives. They embrace personal responsibility as a way of life.
"A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with a man is what he makes of himself."
Alexander Graham Bell
Theres always a million and one excuses you can come up with for why youre not living life on your terms. There will never be a shortage of situations and circumstances you can cite for why the ball didnt bounce your way. And there will always be some one, some place, some thing that you can blame for just about anything and everything that goes wrong in your life.
But when its all said and done, where does all of that blaming, whining and finger pointing get you in the long run? Come on, can you ever create the life you desperately long to live by constantly carping about the way the cookie crumbles? Hardly.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
If you truly want to take your life to the next level, making it everything youve ever imagined it could be and more, youve got to accept personal responsibility for your life. It's that simple and difficult at the same time.
Stepping forward and acknowledging any and all mistakes you make takes a unique type of courage the kind of courage only the most successful people on earth have ever mastered. Its not going to be easy, but you can do it.
"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."
Its time to take life a bit more personally by assuming complete control of your life. You need to toss aside the excuses, stop your finger pointing and quit blaming everyone but yourself for where you are and where youre heading. Instead, you need to grab life by the horns, jump at the chance to script your life the way youve always dreamed it could be and most of all, start taking it a bit more personally as well.
Never forget that you, and you alone, can take you anywhere you wish to go in life. When you finally snatch control of the reins once and for all, you can rest easy knowing full well that your future is in good hands. And theres no better feeling on earth.
The Bottom Line: When you start taking life a little more personally, youll start making your way straight to the top.
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