Taking charge of your life

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You are a very special person. In all the history of mankind, there was never anyone else exactly like you, and in all the infinity of time to come, there will never be another you. Do you realize that you were born a winner? Yes you were, you had to win the sperm race to form your first cell in your mother’s womb. You beat millions of other sperms to reach the egg because you were so eager to be born and to live. You did not decide to be born nor did you choose your parents, your origin or your cultural heritage. When you were a baby you were totally dependent on your parents. As you grew up you became more capable of thinking and of making choices based on your understanding, knowledge, beliefs and values. You have become who you are today according to your choices and decisions you made in the past. Even if your circumstances did not give you the best start in life, you have the power to make changes, to have realistic goals, to adopt a positive attitude and to set your life on a better course. You need to take personal responsibility for getting what you want in life and stop blaming others for your problems and failures. Through the power of your mind and personal effort, you can direct your journey in this life to be both fulfilling and purposeful.

Unlike animals, you were not born to merely survive physically as long as possible. You were born to strive for a form of successful and meaningful living as a human being. In most situations, you must make do with what you’ve got. There is simply no way that you can expect perfect conditions and control everything. Although there are many events and circumstances that are beyond your control, you need to acknowledge that you can choose how you respond to them. You decide whether the situation is a terrible problem or an opportunity to learn and grow. You can either choose your highest hopes, dreams and goals or you can settle for whatever life and circumstances deal you. The process of taking charge of your life is accompanied by self-awareness, self-confidence and a sense of purpose.

It is your life and you make your own path through it. Be assertive, choose the way you want to live it, how you want to enjoy it, what you like to do and how you do it. You need to take good care of yourself before you can take care of others. It is your responsibility to make yourself as loving, healthy, knowledgeable and understanding an individual as possible. You determine what personal success and achievement mean to you. It is a tough assignment to be responsible for the quality of your life. Taking charge of yourself involves more than practising assertiveness, trying different ideas and being responsible for your actions. You need to have a clear picture of what you want and act upon it with constancy of purpose. To be master of your destiny, you have to be willing to accept the tough assignments and responsibilities of:

believing that you have the power to change your life,

– being determined and committed to make the necessary effort,

– making wise choices as you chart your own destiny each day,

helping yourself to enhance all aspects of your life,

maintaining a positive mental attitude when facing setbacks,

– challenging every thought that inhibits your growth and happiness.

Just being aware of these possibilities and believing they can work for you is a great start. Nothing remains static in this world. If you don’t get better, you will probably get worse. It is much better to manage change skillfully than to just let life slip by you. Taking charge of your life improves your chances of getting what you want out of life and achieving your goals. You can deal more effectively with life’s problems once you understand the dynamic nature of your existence and purpose in life.

What are you doing to take charge of your life and destiny?

Excerpt from my book: BECOME YOUR BEST

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