Every recipe for success can be mixed with a few different ingredients, but there’s one in particular that you just can’t leave out…if you want to have any chance of succeeding at all. Some people say success is just a matter of luck, some say it’s just hard work, and others will tell you that it’s just given or passed down from generations. Although this may be partially true, none of these alone can keep somebody on top of his or her game for the long run.
Personal Responsibility. This is what will give you the keys to control everything in your life and eventually lead you to be successful in everything that you do. The hardest thing for most people to do is understand that taking responsibility is ultimately what will set you free. For most people it’s easy to blame something or someone else (even subconsciously), because then they really don’t have to own up to what the main cause of failure or what the problem was or is…ME! Taking personal responsibility and command of everything you do, with consistency, will set you up to be at a level of excellence you have never experienced before. It’s what will allow you to persevere even when things out of your control happen. It’s what will make you stronger when tempting or bad situations present themselves. It’s what will set you apart from everyone else who allows those excuses to run their life. Does this always mean you actually ARE responsible for everything, no…but you’ll always be prepared.
Like most things, this will take time and patience to get better at. It will take consistency and discomfort at times. It will mean you’re going to have to tell friends “no”…family “I can’t”…and make the choice to do what needs to be done rather than what you “really want” to do.
In the fitness world, this is what truly separates those who really live the lifestyle every day and look like they do, from those who try and act like they do, and look like they don’t. They eat the foods they need to, even when nobody is looking. They make a choice to stay in (most of the time), even when friends/family are going out. They hit the gym on weekends, they hit the gym on holidays or vacation. They study what it takes to improve and actually implement it into their lives. They learn and don’t just follow. They ask questions, because knowledge is power. They correct mistakes and make adjustments so they don’t happen again. And they do all these things out of habit, because they have accepted that the only way to change things and make themselves better is to take personal responsibility for everything they do and care about at the same time.
No, I’m not trying to be a motivational speaker, although I do enjoy listening to certain people speak. No, I’m not perfect either…but I have learned to and been accepting personal responsibility for many more things in my life and it has changed me for the better in so many ways. To most, this will sound like such an overwhelming task, they’ll just brush it off…but if you want to be successful, and you’re tired of starting over or not going anywhere, here’s what you can change starting tomorrow…
These are a few things I heard over my time studying people who have had success and maintained it throughout their life. I hope this helped a few get on track, and maybe even light a fire under some others. I truly believe that your thoughts dictate your actions and without the right mindset or focus, it’s hard to achieve goals or be as successful as you want to be…in anything.