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How To Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life

Self-Confidence To Commit

Few people challenge themselves and keep their commitments. They end up lying to themselves, breaking their own self-confidence.

They fear to commit as they don't trust themselves and remain in a weak and powerless state of indecision.

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How To Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life

How To Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life

https://www.inc.com/benjamin-p-hardy/how-to-take-100-responsibility-for-your-life.html

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Definiteness of Purpose

Real commitment is implementing the decisions made, even during a struggling phase of life.

One's purpose should be clearly defined and acted upon without hesitationResearch shows that if you hesitate for even a few seconds when you feel inspired to do something, your chances of doing it drop DRAMATICALLY even after 2-4 seconds.

Marcus Porcius Cato

Marcus Porcius Cato

"He who hesitates is lost."

A life without Hesitation

  • When you make a decision or a plan of action, be in an energized state of mind.
  • Create various accountability and fail-safe mechanisms to remove any possibility of doubt.
  • Stick to your decision until it is done.

Peak And Energized State

Make or finalize your decision when you are at a peak state, an energized, passionate state of mind.

Instead of dragging yourself throughout your life, be at a peak state by upgrading your standards, on a daily basis.

What Commitment Means

Even when life gets difficult, you seeing your goal through the end is what commitment looks like.

Your decision is final no matter what happens, and you see to it and make sure it gets implemented.

Resolve

To think about a decision you have made, time and again, is to doubt yourself. To resolve means making the decision and finding no excuses. It means not even listening to yourself trying to convince your mind out of the decision. It means you have left your fear, doubt, and disbelief far behind.

Your goal is assumed as completed in your mind.

People Want Certainty

Most people would take security over total freedom because with freedom comes responsibility and uncertainty.

To experience inner freedom, you have to let go of certainty and embrace insecurity.

Self-Confidence To Commit

Few people challenge themselves and keep their commitments. They end up lying to themselves, breaking their own self-confidence.

They fear to commit as they don't trust themselves and remain in a weak and powerless state of indecision.

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