Success Principle #1- The Responsible Decision

By Bob Kalle

           We might all agree that our Creator endowed all of us with free will. I do not believe anyone would dispute that we can choose whatever we want to do when we want to do it. Because we make these choices, we should believe that we are where we are at because of the choices we have made in the past.

            In our culture, often people want to blame circumstances for where they are today. Yet, to blame our parents, our environment, our teachers, coaches, or anybody or anything else means that we did not have free will. And if we do not have free will, we can’t be responsible for our past and where we are today. So what is the truth?

            Andy Andrews in his book "The Seven Decisions" says that the first step to success is taking responsibilities for our lives. We have to be responsible for our past since it is a result of the choices we have made. But that also empowers us to create our future, the future we want to have. He says that reading about successful people taught him that one of the principles they all lived by was to take responsibility for your past, present and future.

            He described a philosophy that the buck stops here. We have to control our thoughts and emotions in order to make the best choices that will lead us to where we want to go. Many successful people have pointed out that if you do not know the destination, you will never get there. So to begin with, have you identified your goals and dreams? This is the beginning of your control over your success.

            In our culture, it is popular to blame other people, the environment or circumstances. The problem with blaming someone or something is that you give all the power over to the circumstances and take it away from you. Who do you want to be in control of your life and success, yourself or circumstances? So take responsibility for your life. Until we take responsibility for our lives, we have no control over our lives.

            If we want to change something in our lives, whether spiritual, social, emotional or financial, take the bull by the horns and make the changes that are necessary to get to the goals. You may need to seek out how to chart your journey, but that is part of the journey also. Past failures should not worry us if they are opportunities for us to learn from them.

            So, take charge of your life. Figure out where you want to be and make the choice with your free will to get there. Have you taken control over your life?

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About the Author

Bob lives in Florida with his wife and loves to write about parenting, personal development, spirituality, and life. He has a PhD in Social Psychology and loves building his Network Marketing business!