Growing up, I had always felt under privileged and less of a person that I was, because my childhood experience was not nice. I felt well, if I were as privileged as this person or that person, I would have been more that I am or done more than I am doing. I failed to realize that it was entirely up to me to create the kind of life I so desired and saw happening for others.

Thankfully, I realized my mistake in good time and started making changes drastically. I had to change my thinking pattern and accept responsibility for my destiny. I stopped making excuses and started making positive changes towards a positive result. I realized, no matter how hard I try to blame others for the events that had happened in my life, I was responsible for making them happen. Everything that happened or didn’t happen was definitely the result of the choices I made and I am making. I also stopped blaming myself for went wrong or what I didn’t get right.

Responsibility is a contraction of the words “response” and “ability.” In other words, your ability to respond wisely to your environment. Believe it or not, the choices you make every day are moving you closer to your desired outcomes and experiences in life. Unfortunately, many of us are just like the story I narrated earlier. We keep making excuses as to, why things are not happening exactly how we want them to happen instead of getting up and making them.

Life is what you make out of it.

You have to believe that you have a say in the outcomes and experiences of your life. No external forces should dictate your future for you. Who you want to be is entirely dependent on you and what you do daily. So, if you want a change, you should start the change. No one will implement the change for you. No one will help you do what you’re supposed to do.

I had to take away the victim mentality that had kept me from moving forward. You should do too. Life is full of choices, and what you make of them determines your entire experience. Stop blaming others, complaining about your past, and finding excuses for the choices you make. Success is accepting personal responsibility and taking actions towards your growth and progress in life.

In what ways, have you personally had to take responsibility for your life or desired outcome? Share with others below.

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