Over the past year, I had the great fortune to read Andy Andrews‘ book, The Traveler’s Gift. Andy began his early adult life homeless and hopeless, until he discovered biographies at the local library. He began consuming them, reading two to three hundred biographies during the first couple of years. He has since read many more and interviewed many accomplished people from all over the world, including four presidents, as well as reading hundreds of letters. He became a student of the accomplished and found seven common principles that were embodied by each person. In his fictional book, The Traveler’s Gift, Andy introduces seven real, historical characters. Each character exudes one of these principles that Andy calls, The Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success. I have decided over the next seven days to post each decision. I have a cd that I listen to each day of Andy reading the seven decisions. We are so bombarded with negativity each day. I believe we need to choose to fill ourselves with optimism and wisdom. I also highly recommend his dvd, The Seven Decisions. The butterfly effect will blow you away! I give you decision number one:
The Responsible Decision
The Buck Stops Here.
From this moment forward, I will accept responsibility for my past. I understand that the beginning of wisdom is to accept the responsibility for my own problems and that by accepting responsibility for my past, I free myself to move into a bigger, brighter future of my own choosing.
Never again will I blame my parents, my spouse, my boss, or employees for my present situation. Neither my education or lack of one, my genetics, or the circumstantial ebb and flow of everyday life will affect my future in a negative way. If I allow myself to blame these uncontrollable forces for my lack of success, I will be forever caught in a web of the past. I will look forward. I will not let my history control my destiny.
The buck stops here. I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my success.
I am where I am today—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially—because of decisions I have made. My decisions have always been governed by my thinking. Therefore, I am where I am today—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially—because of how I think. Today I will begin the process of changing where I am—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially—by changing the way I think.
My thoughts will be constructive, never destructive. My mind will live in the solutions of the future. It will not dwell in the problems of the past. I will seek the association of those who are working and striving to bring about positive changes in the world. I will never seek comfort by associating with those who have decided to be comfortable.
When faced with the opportunity to make a decision, I will make one. I understand that God did not put in me the ability to always make right decisions. He did, however, put in me the ability to make a decision and then make it right. The rise and fall of my emotional tide will not deter me from my course. When I make a decision, I will stand behind it. My energy will go into making the decision. I will waste none on second thoughts. My life will not be an apology. It will be a statement.
The buck stops here. I control my thoughts. I control my emotions.
In the future, when I am tempted to ask the question “Why me?”, I will immediately counter with the answer: “Why not me?” Challenges are a gift, an opportunity to learn. Problems are the common thread running through the lives of great men and women. In times of adversity, I will not have a problem to deal with, I will have a choice to make. My thoughts will be clear. I will make the right choice. Adversity is preparation for greatness. I will accept the preparation. Why me?Why not me? I will be prepared for something great!
I accept responsibility for my past. I control my thoughts. I control my emotions. I am responsible for my success.
The buck stops here.