“You’re the president of your own career, your own life, your own finances, your own body, your own family, your own health. You are totally responsible.” — Brian Tracy
Taking 100% responsibility for everything in their lives is a hallmark of all successful people.
In his blog, Jack Canfield points out, “The most important lesson you must understand that you are 100 percent responsible for your life – the good and the bad.” He further explains, “The basic idea is that every outcome you experience in life (whether it’s success or failure, wealth or poverty, wellness or illness, intimacy or estrangement, joy or frustration) is the result of how you have responded to an earlier event in your life. Likewise, if you want to change the results you get in the future, you must change how you respond to events in your life… starting today.”
Here are three ways you have created the outcomes in your life:
- By what you did: This is perhaps the most obvious way that you create outcomes in your life. The things you choose to do have a direct impact on the results you achieve. It's important to be intentional about your choices and actions, as they can have a long-lasting impact.
- By what you didn't do: Sometimes, the things you don't do can be just as important as the things you do. For example, procrastinating and not completing an important project on time, or not speaking up when you see something wrong can have negative consequences, just as taking action can have positive ones. It's important to recognize that inaction is also a choice, and can have some unfavorable outcomes.
- By how you responded to what happened to you: Life is unpredictable, and things don't always go according to plan. How you respond to these unexpected events can have a huge impact on the outcomes you experience. By staying positive, adapting to change, and learning from your experiences, you can create better results for yourself and those around you.
In essence, you have the power to shape your life through your actions, inactions, and reactions. By being mindful of these three ways, you can take control of your destiny and create the outcomes that you desire.
As a wise person once said, “The day your life turns around is the day you can stand and look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘I am standing here today as a result of the sum of the historical decisions I have made to this moment. I must take full responsibility!’”
Bottom line: In order to achieve long-lasting success, you must take extreme ownership of yourself, your actions and your life, and become respond-able.