“A life lived of choice is a life of conscious action. A life lived of chance is a life of unconscious creation.” – Neale D. Walsch
In his book, “The Success Principles,” Jack Canfield writes in Chapter one that each of us must take 100% responsibility for the condition of our lives. I searched the pages of that chapter looking for concessions I was sure he would make for those who have been victims of the choices of others – I couldn’t find anything.
Making excuses for our unhappiness and casting blame on others will only lead us to accept mediocrity instead of a triumphant and vibrant life.
So maybe it’s time for a little self reflection?
Consider this simple illustration provided in Canfield’s book: E (event) + R (Response) = O (Outcome)
For instance, if I’m overweight (Event) and fail to improve my eating and exercise habits (Response) then I can only expect to remain overweight (Outcome).
We have the gift of choice. Every decision we make in response to every event in life is what has brought us to this day.
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” – Randy Pausch
Consider 23 year old Corporal Todd Love. He is a triple amputee who lost both legs and one arm in Afghanistan in 2010. He competes in endurance sports. In 2012, just 2 years after he lost his limbs, he competed in a grueling 10.5 mile endurance race called The Beast over rugged terrain that included 75 obstacles. He wrestles alligators, climbs mountains, and jumps from airplanes. Wow! You can read Corporal Love here.
So now I’m left to think about my own choices. Not the ones I made yesterday, or 5 minutes ago, but the one I make next.