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Choice and Circumstance

by David DeFord

As we begin to tackle our goals and resolutions we must first identify why we have failed to achieve them in the past. Why do we struggle with these particular issues? What keeps us from success in our chosen area?

The mantra of the modern day has migrated from “I’m offended!” to “It’s not my fault!” You’ve heard the arguments:
• “I killed all of those kids at school because they picked on me.”
• “My obesity stems from my genetics; it’s just my bad luck.”
• “I’m poor because my lottery number hasn’t come up yet.”
• “I was drunk; I didn’t know what I was doing.”
• “I became so enraged I couldn’t help myself.”
• “Stuff happens”

Circumstance plays a minor role in the outcome of our lives. Our choices determine the paths we take.

Do all children of diabetics end up with the disease? Do all whose mothers suffered from breast cancer contract it? Do all children of alcoholics become slaves to the bottle? What about obesity, poverty, illiteracy, under-education?

If we find ourselves in any of these circumstances can we make choices that reduce or eliminate our risks? Of course we can. Millions have done so, and so can we.

Even if we have inherited a genetic predisposition to obesity, we can become slim by doing what slim people in our circumstance do.

To become wealthy or debt-free we must do what wealthy and debt-free people in our circumstance do.

Has anyone in your circumstance ever slimmed down to his ideal weight? Has anyone in your circumstance ever worked her way out of debt? Has anyone at your level of fitness ever trained for and completed a marathon? Why not you?

Tendencies do not determine behavior. They only influence it. We choose our behavior.

If we will ever achieve our goals and resolutions we must choose to overcome our tendencies and predispositions, we must stop citing external factors, and we must begin to take control of our lives.

The most important factor in your goal achievement success will be your decision to take responsibility for your life. No matter what tendencies you have inherited you can assume control of your life. You can be thin. You can live debt-free. You can beat your addictions to tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs. You can succeed in business. You can start a home business. You can return to college and obtain your long-desired degree. You can write a book. You can finish a 10K or a marathon. You can start a non-profit foundation and bless the lives of millions. You can live in harmony with your faith and beliefs.

Will you find your quest to your goals easy? I hope not. Nearly all worthwhile quests are difficult. If running 26.2 miles were as easy as driving that distance, who would want to achieve it? The value of a thing lies in the cost of attaining it.

Take full responsibility today. Find a way to finally live the life of your dreams.


Related Quotes

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first. Harry S. Truman

Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them! Zig Ziglar

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. Harry Emerson Fosdick

Discipline is remembering what you want. David Campbell

It is one of the strange ironies of this strange life that those who work the hardest, who subject themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order to achieve a goal, are the happiest men. When you see 20 or 30 men line up for a distance race in some meet, don't pity them, don't feel sorry for them. Better envy them instead. Brutus Hamilton


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