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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
"And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal." I Samuel 15:20, 21
Psychologists say that some people possess an internal place of control, where they rely primarily on themselves for the gains and losses in their lives. Others possess an external place of control, where they blame others when something goes wrong. Which group is more successful? The group that takes personal responsibility. Which people are more content? The ones who take personal responsibility. Which people learn from their mistakes and keep growing and improving? The people who take responsibility.
Taking personal responsibility is the key to a winning mindset. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "There is nothing worse than being a helpless victim of your circumstances.” If you want to feel content and confident in life, you must take personal responsibility for your life, your actions, your mistakes, and your growth. In sports, it is called being in the right position. When you put yourself where you are supposed to be, you put yourself and the team in a position to succeed. There is no guarantee that you will make the play, but it is nearly impossible to do it when you are out of position.
Many people refuse to take responsibility for themselves and as a result they have to spend a lot of time “blamestorming.” This is the mental exercise of desperately trying to find someone else to blame. Insurance companies have had to sort through many claims of drivers not willing to take the fault for their actions. Here are a few examples of “blamestorming”:
“As I reached the intersection, a hedge sprang up, obscuring my vision.”
“An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car, and vanished.”
“The telephone pole was approaching fast. I attempted to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end.”
“The indirect cause of this accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.”
“I had been driving my car for four years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.”
“I was on my way to the doctor’s with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way, causing me to have an accident.”
“To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front of me, I struck the pedestrian.”
There are others, however, that waste a lot of energy trying to control things outside their power to control. Many people spend their lives in regret, discontent, or discouragement because of the circumstances that life dished out. It is humanly impossible to be in control of everything in life. I can only control myself and the decisions I make. Even when life knocks me down, I can learn from the loss. A person that takes personal responsibility is never down; he is either up or getting up. The wise man said, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” Prov. 24:16.