Who Is Responsible?

I want to ask you a very simple question. More importantly, I want you to take the time to answer it reflectively and honestly.

"Why are you living the life that you are living right this very moment?"

Are you happy with your family, your relationships, your finances, your career and your spirituality? If you are, pat yourself on the back and get back to enjoying your life!

If you're not living the life of your dreams, why not? Are you parents to blame? How about your dead-end job? Perhaps you've been down-sized and are living paycheck to paycheck?

One of the easiest and most common things to do is to blame everyone else for the way that your life has turned out. The truth of the matter is that YOU are in complete control of your life.

This bears repeating. You are the person who has created the life that you are living this very moment.

All of the choices and decisions that you have made in the past have determined where you are right now. Your life is nothing more than a culmination of all of your past actions.

Of course, there are undoubtedly many wonderful things happening in your life right now. Perhaps you have a wonderful marriage, children, job or financial stability.

However, there are also parts of your life that are not where you would like them to be. Examine these parts of your life and determine what you have done to contribute to these unhappy parts of your life.

Once you realize that outside influences do not determine your success, you'll discover that you actually have the ability to create the very life that you would like to live. This is an incredibly wonderful realization.

Research suggests that successful individuals take full responsibility for their lives. They take responsibility for their successes and they take responsibility for their failures. Most importantly, successful people realize that all the choices that they make in the present moment will determine their future.

If you decide to watch TV as opposed to working on your business, this choice will shape your future.

If you decide to charge a big-screen TV on a credit card because you don't have enough cash in your bank account, this choice will shape your future.

And, if you decide to stay working in a dead-end job because it's too much of a hassle to look for another one, this choice will shape your future.

It's time to take full responsibility for all of the choices that you make in your life. Once you discover how much control you have over your future success and happiness, you'll discover the joy in creating a life just as you would like it to be.


Jessica Swanson is the Founder and CEO of Shoestring Marketing, a marketing agency that provides low-cost marketing services to small business owners.

Head on over to Jessica's website to download her free Shoestring Marketing Kit to discover hundreds of ways to market your own small business without spending a lot of money.

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