Blame and Responsibility

These concepts are taken from The Slight Edge (Revised Edition), by Jeff Olson.  You are probably aware that I have referenced this book in previous posts, and if you would like you can search on the upper right button of the site for those.

The Slight Edge concept is all about doing small, simple disciplines each day to create our life.  We are either on a success curve or a failure curve.  So, how do we determine which curve we are on?  Each curve, whether it be the success or the failure curve, has one predominant state of mind displayed by the people on that curve.

Blame is the predominant state of mind displayed by people on the failure curve.  People here will blame everything and everyone for what has happened to them.  People here are life’s victims.

Think about this… When we don’t take responsibility and we choose to blame others, we give away our power.

We all have negative and difficult things happen to us.  Most of the time, these things are completely beyond our control.  The key is in how we choose to react to what happens to us.  How do we view these circumstances and things that happen?  This is what makes the difference between success and failure… And this is completely within our control.

On the other curve, responsibility is the predominant state of mind displayed by those people on the success curve.  When we take responsibility for whatever comes our way, it’s empowering.  It shifts from happening to us, to just happening.

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

John Burroughs

Who do you know who could use this information.  Feel free to pass it along.  It may help someone.  And what are your thoughts on this?

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