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    Joe Tye, Spark Plug

    I will take complete responsibility for my health, my happiness, my success, and my life and will not blame others for my problems or predicaments.
     
    Monday's Promise of The Self Empowerment Pledge is Responsibility. 
    Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said that you can lose a game and still be a winner - you only become a loser when you start to blame others for the loss.
    To be responsible means to accept the fact that you are where you are today because of choices you have made in the past - and no other reason.

    No doubt your parents could have done a better job of raising you. No doubt your bosses could have been more encouraging and supportive. No doubt you've had a tough go with the economy, with competitors, with your health, and with a million other things.

    Guess what - so has everyone else. The difference between being a winner and being a loser begins with accepting complete and total responsibility for your present circumstances and not blaming others for your problems or predicaments.

    Playing the blame game keeps you rooted in the past - all the bad things that have happened to you, all the bad things that people have done to you. Taking total responsibility for where you are and who you are in spite of what's happened in the past is the non-negotiable first step to becoming a fully-empowered individual.

    To be responsible means to accept the fact that you will be where you end up in the future because of choices you make from this point forward - and no other reason.

    To be sure, bad things happen to good people and they will no doubt happen to you. When they do, don't waste your time and energy looking for someone or something else to blame. What has happened is unlikely to unhappen. But whatever has happened you can choose whether to be a loser by casting blame or be a winner by accepting responsibility.

    One more thing - the difference between a problem and a predicament. A problem has a solution, a predicament does not have a solution. If you have a problem, figure out how to deal with it. If you are in a predicament, learn how to live with it. Either way, take complete and total responsibility by refusing to blame others for the situation.

    That is the way of the winner.

    At the Apple App Store you can download the free PledgePower app to program regular reminders for each of the seven promises of The Self Empowerment Pledge on your iPhone or iPad (android version is under development).
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