August 11, 2007.
"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes."
Far too many of us tend to live our lives under the circumstances, where we constantly allow outside factors and external conditions undue influence over where we go and what we do. Instead of boldly taking charge of our lives, we frequently permit forces supposedly beyond our control to dictate our direction in life.
I say supposedly because we have more control than we oftentimes think. A lot more. Yet we regularly grant all sorts of people and all kinds of circumstances too much control over our lives. And that's a huge mistake.
"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstances."
Granted, life doesn't always go our way. In fact, it doesn't go our way a lot of the time. But that doesn't mean we need to run up the white flag and surrender our fate to chance and circumstance. Not at all. Yet that's precisely what far too many people do.
A lot of good folks, people who deserve a much more fulfilling life, give up and toss in the towel when adversity rears its ugly head one too many times. Instead of fighting back, they lose hope, lose faith and before long, lose their will to persist and persevere. Sadly, they also lose their dreams as well. By living under the circumstances, they give up on themselves and the life they could have lived.
"Character, not circumstances, make the man."
Booker T. Washington
What about you? When things begin to unravel and life begins throwing you one curve ball after another, how do you respond? Do you crawl under a rock and hope things work themselves out or do you snatch the reigns and immediately seize control?
When you get knocked down, do you retreat and resign yourself to living a life under the circumstances or do you alternatively elect to go over, around or through the obstacles presented? And even if you have allowed circumstances to spin beyond your control in the past, it's never too late to seize control of where you're going in life. Never, ever too late.
"We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within."
In life's defining moments, when what you're made of is put to its ultimate test, you've got to rise up to meet the challenges you face head on. You've GOT to. Even in your darkest hours, when you're backed into a corner and there doesn't appear to be any conceivable way out, you need to stand strong and refuse to buckle under the increasing pressure. Easy? No way. But it's the only way if you're going to fulfill your date with destiny.
Instead of giving up or giving in when trouble comes calling, why not take a stand and give it everything you've got and take control once and for all? You'll discover that each and every time you stand up to life's pressures and problems, you get tougher and your will to win becomes stronger. A whole lot tougher, a whole lot stronger. When you finally decide to turn your life around and stop living under life's circumstances, there's absolutely nothing on earth that can prevent you from living your dreams.
The Bottom Line: Refuse to lose and you'll never live under the circumstances again.
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