It’s Up to You…

An important lesson you must learn—and the sooner you learn it, the better—is that you’re responsible for your results in life. You make decisions, take actions, embrace beliefs, cultivate habits, adopt attitudes, etc., These shape your life and you have to live with your results.

Your life is a gift, and you’re the steward of it. Like a garden, if you take good care of it, it flourishes and produces many benefits. However, if you neglect it, it withers.

When you look at the garden of your life, what do you see? Do you see lush flowers, bright colors, richness, abundance, and the like? Or do you see a desolate land, which would need more care?

If you don’t like the way your garden looks, do something about it. You must take responsibility for the current state of your life and for where you’re going. You have been entrusted with the breath of life, and it’s your responsibility to make the best of it.

Many people labor to avoid having to take responsibility. They find creative ways to shirk responsibility at all cost. When something goes wrong, they point fingers at everyone else but themselves. They find excuses and place blame on others.

They don’t realize that, by doing this, they ruin their chances of success; the path of success is traveled in the vehicle of responsibility. No responsibility and no success. It’s that simple.

If you’re serious about your results in life, make the firm decision that, starting today and for the rest of your life, you’re responsible for tending to your garden.

This may be daunting because it eliminates your ability to blame others for what goes on in your life. At the same time, this is very empowering because it means that, if something isn’t to your liking, you can take measures to rectify the situation.

No one can live your life for you, nor can you live someone else’s life. Each of us has to run his or her own race. Sure, we help and encourage each other along the way. Sure, our lives are connected in various ways. But, in the end, I live in my skin and you in yours. And as such, I must take responsibility for where I live and you must take responsibility for where you live.

Have you really been taking responsibility for your life? Or have you sort of been drifting randomly through life? How have you been using your time? What have you been doing with your talents and your gifts? How have you been investing your resources? How have you been managing your relationships? Have you really been giving your life your best?

Whatever happened in your past, today can be the first day when you turn things around for yourself. Today can be a day when you recommit to your life. And from this day forth, you will take ownership for your results and strive to make the most of every moment.

It’s up to you.