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“…as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values. We have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen.” Stephen Covey
(Continued from Part 1)
This was when I started to experiment with self responsiblity in most dimensions of my life. From relationship, to work, to continuous learning, to taking care of my body and health. I started building up creating new habits by replacing bad ones with good and empowering ones.
I got so excited and committed to wake up early every morning (even on weekend at the beginnings to make it a habit). I can recall how tough this was as I, (like most of us), have always believed that I am not a “morning person”. I got inspired by the idea of reading and learning something new every single day. I started to use a journal to reflect on my own experiences and challenges. I went on to nurture some traits within me like gratitude and start listing things I am grateful for everyday. I took up sports although I was the kind of person who almost never moves.
The list could go on and on but the most important was that all these changes I made were simply because I believed in the power that I have instead of complaining and blaming everyone except myself. So I focused on my circle of influence as Stephen Covey (1) calls it and by doing so it started to get bigger and bigger. So most areas of my life start to get better and better and consequently became able to have more control on things which were before outside my influence.
“For your life to change you must change” – Jim Rohn
More to be continued in the next posts.
(1) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey