At least on a cosmic level—and almost always on a practical level, everything we have in our lives is because we created, promoted or allowed it.
One could argue that nobody creates an airplane crash for themselves. And no one is responsible for a child’s leukemia. But ultimately, we ARE all responsible for our lives. And many of the things we would be unwilling to admit that we created, we often promote or allow to continue.
If everything has purpose and meaning, and everything can serve to teach us what we need to learn, then I think it’s a useful belief that we are largely, if not completely, responsible for everything that happens.
With this approach, we can stop blaming ourselves and others and put the focus on making the changes we want instead of lamenting, complaining and bemoaning our circumstances.
In business, in life, in politics and relationships of all types, the real problem is usually the RESPONSE to the perceived problem—and oftentimes, it’s the LACK of response to the problem.
Think of the Watergate break-in. That was a problem for the Nixon re-election campaign. But the bigger problem was how they handled the problem. Bill Clinton’s affairs were a problem, for sure. But lying about them in a federal court case got him impeached—and almost convicted.
We are all faced with problems every day. And it’s our attitude and our response to these problems that determine our success or failure.
We all want to get more done—or at least cause more things to happen. And our To-Do lists and appointment books seem to fill up pretty fast. Some things you plan to do, some things feel thrust upon you, and other things you feel obligated to do—or at least take responsibility for getting them done.
When you think of something to do, or a request is made for you to accomplish something, it’s best to take one of several actions rather than just not deal with it. Procrastination should never be an option.
Do It Now!
If it’s a short task—less than 2 minutes—it’s best to just do it and get it done. It’s usually not worth the time to take one of the next three options.