I work with words and people for a living. Words fuel my creative side. People fuel my service side.
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with people – lots of people. They are new people who my path has been aligned with because we are all looking for some kind of B-I-L-I-T-Y in life. That’s right, the suffix for a shit ton of great words related to our condition and how we program ourselves to think about who we truly are.
Own Your Power
Let’s start with the word ‘ability.’ And then let’s throw in these favorites:
There are literally thousands of words that end in this suffix. A big one jumped out at me in the gym recently. Plastered high up on the wall in life-sized letters is the word RESPONSIBILITY. I take that as a sign.
Take Responsibility for Our Actions
In all the conversations I have with new people, a common thread emerges: responsibility and how we own up to our actions.
Too many of us are quick to give up self-responsibility when it comes to life’s everyday and extraordinary challenges. We give it to co-workers. Lay it on friends. Blame family. We deflect mightily.
We get stuck in a rut that leaves us feeling crappy and emotionally empty and have no earthly idea how to get out of it. And then we wonder where do we turn when there seems to be no place to go? I say it’s time for us to take that bull by the horns and wrestle it to the ground.
Peek in the Mirror
We must look inside ourselves. We have to dig deep into our personal responsibility reserves and do whatever it takes to live the lives we were meant to live.
It may be such a huge hurdle – physically or emotionally or both – that it seems like an impossible task to accomplish. But I assure you it can be done. That’s if – and only if – we take control and own up to our actions.
Want to lose 20 pounds but can’t even face giving up some of your favorite comfort foods? What about that promise you keep making to exercise? You know you should do it – but it hasn’t become a MUST quite yet. What’s it going to take to transforms shoulda, woulda, coulda into action?
Walk the Walk
I preach the messages of healthy aging every day, and I teach others how to do the same. I walk people along the path that leads to reclaiming personal power and creating habits that will change their lives forever.
I’m here to ask all of us to do the same. Be that person that God — your creator, or whatever higher power drives you — intended you to be.
Albert Einstein once said, “Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.”
It’s time to dig deep for the ‘bility in your life and take back what’s yours.