You are about to read something that may shock you, but it could also change your life. That may sound dramatic, but I assure you it’s the truth. Here it goes…
Everything you see in your life — the events, circumstances, conditions — are there because you created them. It’s not your parents, co-workers, boss, friends, husband, wife or sixth-grade teacher’s fault. The responsibility lies solely with you.
This is the first principle bestselling author Jack Canfield introduces in his book, “The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,” and the key factor in creating the life you desire. During our interview for the September 2013 issue cover story, Canfield explained we must take 100 percent responsibility for everything in our life. It doesn’t matter what lies in our past — it’s the way we choose to respond to life today that creates our tomorrow.
“We see two twins from the same family, and one ends up the president of a company, while the other ends up a drug addict. We see people who come from the same town and have the same opportunities in school, etc., and one grows up to be super successful and the other ends up on welfare,” he says in the cover story. “The events were similar, but the responses were different.”
We influence our daily lives in more ways than we may realize. The thoughts we think, images we hold in our mind, and actions we take each day are within our control, and play a major role in what we experience. Canfield offers the equation Event + Response = Outcome to illustrate the deciding factor in all the outcomes is the way we respond to the events in our life.
“It’s not what people say or do to you. It’s not what the environment does to you, or even what the world does to you that matters,” he explains. “We have a recession and some people make a lot of money and others lose their jobs. Why is that? Because they respond differently to the same event.”
If we want to experience different outcomes, then we need to change our responses. For many of us, these responses are based on past conditioning and have become habitual. But we can make the choice to change, and Canfield offers a number of tools and techniques to do so in the cover story, as well as in his bestselling books, programs and workshops. But the deciding factor is you. Nobody else can change the way you respond to life. Authors, experts, books and magazines can point you in the right direction, and give you the tools and materials to build the bridge to a new life — but you have to make the commitment to walk across it.
Blessings and love to you all!