The Art of Success – Article #5 – Are You Responsible?
Are You Responsible?
Last week I wrote about we were born to be creators.
You create everything in your life, whether you’re aware of it or not.
Another key to success is to take 100% responsibility for EVERYTHING you create in your life…the good, the bad, the ugly, all of it. Otherwise, you’re a “victim.”
Do you take full responsibility for everything you create in your life?
Think about this carefully. How you answer this question shows you your level of awareness, and your ability to create what you want (as opposed to what you don’t want).
An “unaware” person generally doesn’t take responsibility for everything in their life.
Ask them what they’re unhappy about, and they’ll have a laundry list of complaints. They’ll most likely blame something (or someone) for their undesired experiences. Or they’ll make excuses and shift responsibility to something outside of themselves.
This can be obvious — like saying, “It’s so-and-so’s fault that XYZ happened to me.”
Or it can be more subtle, like “If the weather’s bad I won’t follow through on my commitment.” (In which case, you’re pre-blaming any bad weather in advance for your lack of follow-through.)
When you’re blaming, you’re not taking full responsibility for your life. Period.
From that stance, you’re a victim. As a victim, you can’t proactively change anything in your life, let alone create what you want.
Here’s the truth:
Everything that’s currently in your life…
you put there.
Whether consciously or subconsciously…
you put it there.
It’s your life, after all.
Maybe you didn’t mean to put something there, and it showed up anyway. Great. How you choose to react to it will determine your experience.
If you don’t love a situation in your life, how can you change it?
My favorite question to ask in such cases is:
“Why am I choosing to have this experience/result/outcome?” (A victim would never ask that. They’d be too busy blaming and fuming about their results.)
Asking this question instantly puts you back in the driver’s seat of your own life.
If you’re willing to accept 100% responsibility for everything you’re creating, you can make phenomenal changes in your life.
Doors will open wide for you. It will seem like “magic,” but it’s really just one of the key elements of being a successful person.
That includes taking responsibility for every thought, feeling, and action you take.
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