How many times have you heard someone say “take responsibility for your life”? How many people have said that to you? No matter how true, it isn’t always an empowering statement. Let me be clear that I’m not a fan of spoon feeding people what they want to hear or sugar coating the truth, however, I believe we have to reach people where they are. If I don’t “hear” someone’s great advice I’m not going to implement it.
So today I want to say this to you, “your life is in good hands – your own”! It’s time to be honest with ourselves and realize that our decisions, our actions, and our thoughts are within our control. If we want our outward world to get better our inner self has to get better. When we blame other people for where we are, what we have, and who we are connected to, we literally give away our power.
Our current circumstance doesn’t control our future success but is usually a direct result of a decision we made – whether a recent or past decision. It’s easy to take responsibility for our lives when things go well but it’s equally important to recognize that we have control of how we respond to unfavorable people, events, and situations. Whether a person makes us feel good or bad, we get to choose how much time we spend with a particular person. If we are in a job or a part of a group that no longer serves us we have the option to seek a new job or withdraw our membership from that group. We can even implement strategies to help us change our thoughts and perspective.
The bottom line is that all of our success is up to us individually. None of us has wait for people to open doors for us or give us permission to be great. Taking responsibility for our lives simply means that we have the power to empower ourselves.
Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream bigger, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.
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