This above all: To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. – Shakespeare
Before you can start creating the life of your dreams you’re going to have to come to the realization that you are 100% responsible for what happens in your life. As we learned in previous lessons your thoughts have produced all the results in your life. Whether you created them purposely by directing your thoughts to your dreams and desires or unconsciously by worrying about or fearing what you did not want to occur, the bottom line is, we all have created everything in our lives.
W. Clement Stone, president of the Combined Insurance Company of America and editor of Success Magazine for many years taught his mentees that the principle of 100% responsibility was the first step in achieving their goals. Stone told them that being 100% responsible was “the prerequisite for creating a life of success. It is only by acknowledging that you have created everything up until now that you can take charge of creating the future you want. If you realize that you have created your current conditions, then you can un-create them and recreate them at will.”
When you really think about it, being 100% responsible is actually a very liberating as well as empowering thing. It puts you in complete control of your life. The problem is that we’ve been taught to believe that outside forces are responsible for our welfare or lack of it. We’ve been taught to blame others for our misfortune and lack of opportunity. To take full responsibility is a scary thing for many people because then they have no one to blame for their poor results or misfortune. The truth of the matter is that those people have given their power away to others through their belief that they are not in charge of their own lives. They have in essence made an effect their cause (remember the Law of Cause and Effect) and the Law of Attraction is bringing them the precise results they believe in, thereby creating their unfortunate conditions! In reality the entire Ultimate Success Formula that I will teach you is a principle-based pattern for taking full and complete responsibility for your life, success and future! Every exercise I will have you do is geared to help you gain clarity of thinking and generate the power to direct your mind and life on purpose. To do this you must stop blaming anyone (including yourself and your past), stop making excuses or looking for the cause of your failures anywhere other than your own thinking, belief system and mindset. Now, I’m not saying blame your mindset, I’m saying discover the underlying limiting belief, thought or action that is producing the negative result and take responsibility by converting it to the correct belief, thought or action that will produce the result you desire. The key is to realize and accept the fact that you are the one creating your life and results. Your current life is the result of your beliefs, past thoughts and actions. You are the one who controls what goes into your mind from TV, movies and Internet content to books and magazines to the people you associate with. Every thought, every feeling, every action is under your control. You are the only one who has the power to direct your own thinking and your mind 100% of the time. If you relinquish that right it is 100% your responsibility to experience the results of that choice good, bad or indifferent (and it’s usually not good). In my opinion, it’s much easier to take full responsibility and become good at producing positive results than it is to let someone else or external conditions control your life. I know that, for myself, not being in control of my results ruins my chances for success and happiness. Through trial and error and the study of these Principles, I’ve learned that true success is dependent on my taking 100% responsibility.
In the next article we will focus on the very important topic of who we believe ourselves to be. Our self-concept is the single most powerful element in our mindset because it determines what we will allow in our lives and sets all boundaries as to what is possible in our present and future. Until then Please leave me your comments and questions below and share this post with everyone you care about. Also become a partner in my empowerment community at http://facebook.com/carlosmarinlive and promote it to everyone you love and care about so we can help millions of people raise their consciousness and get free in 2012! God bless and live your passion