Dare To Live Without Limits Week of 7/12/2021

Bryan Golden

Is it time for you to take a look in the mirror?

If you want to see who is responsible for your life then look in the mirror. You are not a victim. You are in control of your thoughts, emotions, and actions. If you don’t take active control of your life, you are allowing other people and circumstances to make decisions for you.
Life isn’t always fair. Unanticipated circumstances occur. Adversity, challenges, problems, and obstacles occur. Although you can’t control external situations, your response is up to you. You decide how you handle your circumstances.
Taking control of your life is more satisfying and requires less effort than constantly struggling in reaction to what’s happening. It’s the difference between being proactive vs. reactive. Taking the initiative to get where you want to be puts you in the driver’s seat.
Eliminate excuses. Excuses are a roadblock. Don’t waste time justifying why you can’t, or won’t be able to accomplish your objective. Instead, formulate reasons to succeed. Every problem has a solution. There is a way around each obstacle. Any challenge can be overcome.
Don’t blame other people or circumstances for your situation. You have free will to choose who you associate with, along with the circumstances you involve yourself with. You can say NO to anything or anyone that is a negative influence.
Stop procrastinating. Don’t wait for something to happen, make it happen. Make positive decisions. Only by taking action are you able to steer your life in your desired direction. A passive approach leaves you drifting aimlessly.
Stop worrying. Worry drains your energy with nothing to show for it. You can’t control other people or circumstances. The past is over. Replace worry with action. What you do today prepares you for tomorrow, so focus on the present.
When you look in the mirror you see who is responsible for solving your problems. Issues which are ignored tend to worsen. The best time to solve a problem is as soon as it’s identified. Small problems are easier to fix. As soon as a problem is recognized, concentrate on solving it.
Don’t waste any time complaining about a problem. Complaints drain your energy with no positive results. If you need assistance with a problem, turn to those who have successfully solved a similar problem. Following bad advice accelerates the worsening of your problem. Looking for sympathy accomplishes nothing.
Attempting to run away from, or hide from your problems doesn’t work. Your problems follow the person you see in the mirror. They go wherever you go. Start fixing your problems right now, wherever you are.
Your perception is your reality. How do you see the person in the mirror? Do you see someone in charge of their life, or do you see a victim? Do you see a problem solver, or do you see a problem creator? Do you see a happy person, or someone who is miserable? Changing your perception is key to changing your direction. You mind follows your self-image.
Look for the best in yourself and your circumstances. Be solution oriented, not problem oriented. You always have a choice as to what path you take. You are in control of your thoughts and emotions.
Don’t get offended by the actions of others and don’t take things personally. You have no control over what others say, think, or do. You do have control over your response. You are in charge of your emotions.
The person you see in the mirror has control of your life. You determine your thoughts, emotions, and actions. You have free will to make any changes you desire. You are in charge. Use this responsibility to shape your life in the way you desire.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.  2021 Bryan Golden


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