Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses. – George Washington Carver
Take 100% responsibility for everything that’s happening in your life right now. No pointing fingers. Don’t blame the people of a country. No one wants to hear your victim stories at less you’re saying it in a reaffirming-positive way. Les Brown once said, “no one cares about your victim stories. 50% want to get away from you and everyone else is happy that it’s not them and it’s you!”
You have to take the position that you have always had the power to make it different, to get it right, to produce the desired result. For whatever reason – ignorance, lack of awareness, fear, needing to be right, the need to feel safe – you chose not to exercise that power. The past is the past. All that matters now is that form this point forward you choose – that’s right. All of this is a choice. You can choose to be happy from his point forward. Really. Are you breathing? Do you have food, water, a job? If you’re reading this, you have the internet….that means you’re the fortunate 50% in the world that have it.
If something doesn’t turn out as planned, you will ask yourself, how did I create that? What was I thinking? What were my beliefs? What did I say or not say? What did I do or not do to create that result? How did I get the other person to act that way? What do I need to do differently next time to get the result I want?
In Jack Canfield’s book, he talked about blaming the event for the lack of your results, as most people in the world do. Instead, you can simply change your responses to the events – the way things are – until you get the outcomes you want.
If you don’t like your outcomes, change your responses!
Bangkok, Thailand has the worst traffic jams in the world. THE WORST! There’s no other way to sugar-coat that….and people sit in traffic jams for a minimum 2 hours a day. Now, if you’re just sitting in the traffic (the event) and complaining online about it (the outcome), it produces your results.
Another person can listen to a Tedx radio podcast, learn English, read a book, write down a to-do list, make phone calls, send important emails and accomplish everything before even getting home. See, the response is being productive which produces a greater outcome.
You have control over only three things in your life – the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take (your behavior). How you use these three things determines everything you experience.