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Thursday 24 July 2014

If you don't take charge — who will?

with Emily Hurley-wilkinson

Published 01/03/2012|14:03

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MANY people tend to let life carry them along without ever stopping to examine whether they are getting the results they want or once dreamed of.

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They get so caught up with a survival mentality that they forget about how to 'live life'. They let life happen to them, rather than 'them' happen to life!

Why? What is it that holds people back from doing things that will ultimately lead them towards a better life or way of living?

Do you allow excuses to run rampant in your mind; blaming your circumstances and or others for why you are where you are?

Perhaps thoughts of blame have become your automated response and whilst there may be many people to blame or a myriad of things to point your finger at, the bottom line is this — it is still you who is responsible for your journey in this lifetime.

You create your life by the choices you make, so choose wisely. Ask yourself how you feel now; then ask yourself how you want to feel? Who or what is really getting in your way?

Most of us have been conditioned to blame something outside of ourselves for the parts of our life we don't like. Some people see life as unfair believing that there is no sense in trying to take control of their lives, others spend their time pondering on how their life would have been different had they only been born into a better family or given the chance of a better education etc.

If you were told that you are exactly where you are right now because of the hundreds of decisions you've made throughout your life how would you feel?

Empowered people are happy and fulfilled and recognize the true value of personal responsibility. They take full responsibility for everything that they experience in life including the quality of their relationships, the state of their health and physical fitness, the level of their achievement, their debts, their social activity, their happiness – everything!

Perhaps you are habitually resistant to accepting responsibility; do you frequently complain or blame others; are you fearful of the future or resentful of the past?

If you feel like life is passing you by and have forgotten how to take control there are steps to help you to regain personal responsibility.

Realise that only you have control of how you feel and react to situations. You may not be able to control what happens but you will always have control of how you interpret and respond.

Pull down your defenses for why others 'should' be responsible for who you are. Acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the choices in your life and let go of blaming others for those choices.

Remember you always have the power to change! Perhaps the most important decision that you can make today is the decision to take responsibility for your life!

It does not matter where you are at today, what does matter is where you are going; and where you are going is very much determined by you.

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