It’s one thing to go through life and just live reactively. It’s another thing to go through life taking control of all circumstances. This, in my opinion, is one of the absolute greatest separators when it comes to those who are successful and everyone else.
Study any great achiever, and you will discover that they did not play the role of victim regardless of their situation. They took ownership of their life and made their success out of it. You can live your life by playing it safe and cutting back, or you can go all in, take some risks, and grow as a person. My question to you is: up to this point in your life, where have you been living? Have you lived defensively or offensively?
Playing It Safe
Look around you. If I had to guess, I would say about 90% of the population lives life this way. The risk of loss seems too significant, so they make choices that seem reliable and safe. You evaluate your decisions compared to your neighbors and think “well, I guess things aren’t that bad. After all, Bob is in the same situation as me, but I’m actually doing a big better than him.” So you make the decision to take it easy, live in comfort, and just do as everybody else does. Is this the way you want to live? For some of you, it might be. But I find it hard to believe if you’re reading this article that you want to live an average life.
If you live your life defensively and just react to whatever the world throws at you, then that’s pretty much what 90% of people do, which is pretty average. There is no pursuit, no purpose. There is no fulfillment. Life then has to be filled with mindless apps or various forms of entertainment that distract you from reality.
We live in a world where people are more concerned with their favorite NFL team than they are about their financial situation or how fulfilled they are with their lives. Personally, I’m not ok with this. Are you?
I hope I’m not offending anyone. That is not what I want to do. I want to help you win! I want to help you live a life that you will be proud of. One that you will look back on and say “I lived an amazing life!”
Be In Control
So maybe you have lived life playing it safe up to this point? That’s ok. It’s now time to push towards your limits, it’s the only way you will grow as a person. Here is what I suggest; run straight towards it! Do not allow yourself to continue to make excuses. Take responsibility for your life no matter what happens.
If you want to take control of your situation then you must take ownership of everything that has happened up to this point. The good and the bad. Stop blaming others for what is wrong in your life. I know that can be tough depending on what you are going through but it is crucial to do it. If you give ownership of the situation to someone or something else, you have to wait for them to release you from the challenge before you are ever able to move on. You have to move past it by your own will.
So my advice to you is run straight at your challenges and just accept them as they are. Take responsibility for them and decide you can win and that you WILL win. You will then figure it out. Every day of your life you should take ownership; be dominant and take control of your life and your future!