This New Year, young people across the world will continue to fight for jobs, to buy their first homes and to create new businesses but for those who have already admitted defeat two words will suffice… That’s Life. This simple but toxic phrase has become a common staple in the vocabulary of those who have given up taking responsibility for themselves and those around them.
“Don’t become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?” – Jim Rohn
This year, when things didn’t go to plan, were you the kind of person blaming the government, your employer or life in general for what it is you didn’t manage to achieve? If so, the truth is, you didn’t want enough or for the right reasons.
If you’re the kind of person who spent most of the year applying for countless job opportunities online but forgot to pick up a book or learn a new software package that could be applied to your industry then you didn’t want it enough. If you wanted to find someone to love you but spent the whole year not loving yourself by drinking to excess, smoking, not exercising, not eating right then once again you didn’t want it enough. If you wanted to start receiving what it is you feel you deserve from life but not once did you stop to give a stranger in need something he or she could never repay then one again you didn’t want it enough.
“If your everyday day life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no indifferent place.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
This New Year you have two choices, you can either continue this ludicrous blame game and coast through yet another year or you could wake up, smell the coffee and take responsibility for who you are and what it is you want to achieve. A great starting point is to sit down and write your own life-plan to help clarify and visualise what you want out of life and where you want to be this time next year. As Jeffrey Gitomer once said, “Accepting responsibility in the fulcrum point for succeeding at anything.” Yes, this is life but it’s your life and you have the power to change it, starting now.