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Taking 100 Percent Responsibility of Your Life

Taking 100% responsibility of your life is taking ownership of it. The choice is yours!

“Responsibility is the price of greatness.” – Winston Churchill

An event, whether positive or negative, does not determine your outcome or your response. The meaning you give the event is what determines your outcome or response. It’s your reaction to the action that becomes the catalyst to what comes next. It can be destructive and debilitating, or it can be abundant and fulfilling. What type of fuel will you choose to use in order to take positive steps and achieve success?

First, it’s time to stop the blaming, shaming, complaining, justifying, and wallowing in self pity. Instead, it’s time to take your life back by taking 100% responsibility for your life. This is something I’ve learned from a co-author and mentor in life, Jack Canfield. In fact, it is one of the principles he covers in his book “The Success Principles”.

“You are who you are today, and will be who you will be tomorrow because of the actions you take and the excuses you make.” – Kevin Klimowski

We have all been given opportunity in life. It’s how we interpret it, shape it, apply it (or not) that makes the difference. That’s why some of the poorest of the poor have become the richest of the rich. These are the people who took advantage of the opportunities to become successful. Did they face adversity, roadblocks, failures and doubts? Sure. But instead of blaming others or life they took responsibility for themselves and achieved their level personal of success.

Life is full of examples of people who overcame disabilities, illness, challenges and setbacks. All too often in the world today there are people who never want to own up to their actions or even carry out their responsibilities. Once you reach a certain age in your life, you must carry on as an adult and dive head first into a world of important decisions. Especially when you think of life decisions that will mold your future, you must take complete responsibility for your actions and choices. You have to stop the justifying and blaming if you want to achieve any great level of success in your lifetime.

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.” – Earl Nightingale

Life is full of learning experiences. If you are not able to learn from mistakes you’ve made, then you are cheating yourself out of some of the most valuable of lessons. Character building comes from realizing you have made a mistake, owning up to any situation that you may have caused, and then finding the best possible way to make everything better again. People are quick to point the finger in order to get out of all kinds of sticky situations. However, it is the people who do not turn and run from their responsibilities that become great leaders, excellent parents and are successful in life.

Can society and the ever-intrusive media be the cause to the destruction of integrity and responsibility in the world, as we know it today? Of course! It is the knowing of just how you can do your part in order to make a change in the world that is most important.

Certainly we are all only human and it is within the nature of humanity to make mistakes. Looking back on your past, owning up to it and taking responsibility for yourself can help to eliminate repeat performances in the future. You are only one person, yet when you show others how to rise above, you are a force to be reckoned with. You are not changing – we can’t change the past. Instead, you are evolving. You are coming forth gradually into being. You are developing yourself, and undergoing a transitional improvement for the betterment of your life.

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” – Jim Rohn

Only YOU can either stop or start you. So make the commitment and take ownership of your life, take 100% responsibility!

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Backwards Planning … Start With The End In Mind

You may have already starting planning for your life with a certain ending in mind and you didn’t even realize it. If you start to think about it, this is an incredibly smart way to look to the future, by looking at the end first and then working your way backwards. Just as with any type of goal setting, you want to raise the bar to a certain level. Then you start working your way slowly toward the end goal until you achieve it or even surpass it. Because this is your destiny, then you are able to mold it any way that you would like.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan,
in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act.
There is no other route to success.” – Stephen A. Brennan

If you haven’t really started to look that much into the future, then you will want to start by thinking of what you would want the final picture to look like at the end. Take stock of some of the dreams that you have had in your mind and think of the things that you would like to say that you are proud of at the end. Do you have a specific person there with you that you are sharing your life with? Perhaps there is a certain career that you would like to be in or you would like to have traveled to a number of areas around the globe.

Plan your work and work your plan. – Jodi Nicholson

Let’s say you want to grow your wealth, start a new business, become the top salesperson in your company, get healthy and fit, or even write a book, then, you work backwards to figure out how to achieve that goal. Consider what you will need to do in order to achieve different milestones along the way to reach the ultimate goal? What are the landmarks? The same holds true for all your goals whether personal and professional, plan your life and live your plan.

If you have always been the kind of person who procrastinates, then you are going to have to get out of that pattern and take on a new mindset. In order to truly plan ahead, you need to make sure that you have the drive and determination to do so. When you do not have the proper amount of drive then you are going to sit in your current lifestyle and merely grow old. Possibly resulting in simply spinning your wheels in a dead end career that will only keep you down and hinder your dreaming process, preventing success. Stop watching the world pass you and your goals by. Make a plan, and act on it. If you need help, then working with a Success Coach can be a true ally.

As you move along toward your end goal, never be afraid to change it up if you feel the need to. There are many people who figure out part of the way towards their dreams that they are looking for another career or that they would even like to go for a completely different lifestyle. Follow your dreams, and work toward your end goal with backwards planning – it will make more sense as you go along and help to define a clear picture with items you need to do.

“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much;
he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.”  – James Allen

Jodi Nicholson is an Inspirational Speaker, Consultant and Certified Master Coach. With her entrepreneurial spirit, Jodi specializes in Life & Business Coaching, Motivation and Success. She shares her passion for helping others in her private coaching practice, trainings and certification classes through the Success Coach Institute.

Living Fabulously …With Integrity, Honesty & Authenticity

“No legacy is as rich as honesty.”

William Shakespeare

To live fabulously with integrity, honesty and authenticity you must first embrace the qualities of each, match your beliefs internally to them and continue to make a daily decision to live by them through your words and actions. Integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles, and the soundness of moral character. Honesty is the quality of being honest; uprightness and fair; it’s about truthfulness, sincerity and being free from deceit or fraud. And, authenticity  is about being genuine, trustworthy and reliable. I feel that it starts inside, within the essence of our being, and  flows outside where it thrives when it is in alignment with our talk and our actions; they should mirror each other. Although these are very critical traits, living a life that is grounded with honesty, integrity and authenticity is very possible. If you think it’s hard then it will be. If you know in your heart that this is what you want, then set a clear intention to be “that person” and create your legacy with those principles.As you go throughout your life, there are many obstacles that will come your way and the manner in which you deal with them will have a great deal of impact on your level of integrity. Of course, you can go through life cutting corners in order to get ahead or even tell a couple of white lies when you feel as though you have the need. However, are you really doing yourself any favors by having this type of outlook on life? Are you a wolf in sheep’s clothing? wolf_in_sheeps_cloth

If you had any solid background while you were growing up, then you probably learned the major differences between wrong and right. However, there are many people that dance on the edge of doing what is right and what is convenient to them at the time. In order to truly live an authentic life that is filled with integrity and honesty you have to remember to treat others surrounding you in a manner in which you would expect to be treated. This idea can apply to both your personal and professional life and as a matter of fact, both your personal and professional life are related in a sense when you are speaking of integrity and honesty.

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.”

R. Buckminster Fuller

When you look at how you want to live your life, you will surely see that there are a number of ways that you can take on the situations that come your way. Think of some of the factors that mold you into the person who you are and the person who you would like to become. Do you have trust? A trust in yourself and what you can achieve is definitely important. At the same time, if others have trust in you then you are going to see many more doors opening for you when it comes to potential opportunities that are going to boost your finances.

“One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.”

Steven R. Covey

Take pride in what you do. When you have a strong sense of pride in the way that people think of you along with the characteristics that you posses then you will see your reputation growing exponentially. The last thing you will want is to see your reputation suffering any sort of blow that will make your friends, family or colleagues think any less of you. Taking great pride in yourself as a person as well as all of the accomplishments in your life will help to mold you into a person that oozes integrity. It also becomes your natural authenticity which is really how you think of yourself. When you are truly authentic you understand that the “camera is always on” regardless of anyone else being in your physical presence. You are authentic always, even when nobody is watching.

Always be sure to care for each and every relationship within your life. You can almost use the comparison of relationships to plants or flowers in that you have to nurture them in order for them to grow. Once your good relationships grow, you will be able to later reap the benefits. Sure, it is easy to say that you are an authentic, honest person with integrity that others can look up to. However, those are simply words if your actions do not fall in line.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

John F. Kennedy

People associate with the people they know, like and trust. When you live in integrity, authenticity and honesty more and more people will want to be around you, and partner and do business with you. Your success is complimented by being successful and your legacy is built upon fabulous traits that will long be remembered, respected and loved.

Make it a fabulous day!

Jodi Nicholson is an Inspirational Speaker, Consultant and Certified Master Coach. With her entrepreneurial spirit, Jodi specializes in Life & Business Coaching, Motivation and Success and has been self-employed in the personal and professional development arena for over 25 years. She shares her passion for helping others in her private coaching practice, trainings and certification classes through the Success Coach Institute. Learn more at http://jodinicholson.com

Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life!

~ an excerpt from Millionaire Secrets In You

“There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes;
It’s what you do with them that’s important.” ~ Jim Rohn

Success is like a combination lock, and once you know the numbers and the correct sequence they go in, the lock must open each and every time without fail. Your lock to your own success will be different than anyone else’s, and even though the numbers may be the same, what makes your lock different is the sequence of the numbers. The chapters or keys in this book relate to the numbers of the combination to unlock the success in life that you have always dreamt of.  It’s now up to you to find your sequence.

Life is live, it’s not a dress rehearsal, you can’t take a Mulligan, and you can’t TiVo or DVR it and replay it later, and you can’t get it back to try again. It is happening right now, this very second. You can, however, choose to live it differently, perhaps even better from this second forward. The good news is that things are always changing and you, as the “Director of You” can change your story anytime you want. Yes, you are both the Director and you play the leading role in your life which is appearing “live” right now, so take ACTION.

Today is literally the first day of the rest of your life. Now, choose how you’re going to live it! Set your sight on a goal or desired outcome that you want and then make a plan and work diligently to achieve it.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.
And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~ Jim Rohn

Think about it … your whole life changes the minute you change how you think and feel about your life!

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With Patience Comes Prosperity

With Patience Comes Prosperity   by Jodi Nicholson

“Money grows on the tree of patience.” ~ Japanese Proverb

In your life it may seem that all you seem to do is hurry up and then wait. There are many milestones that you look forward to achieving, however it seems like it can take forever for you to get to them. Why is it that people say that ‘patience is a virtue?’ and often times it’s the last thing that you want to hear when you are longing for something to happen. So, how can you go through life with a good understanding of patience and how you can practice it?

Many people get tired of waiting. Whether you are waiting on a decision for a big sale, in line at the grocery store or you have been waiting for a long time to start a new career or business, waiting can be frustrating. Sometimes, you may even find yourself getting bored or angry while you wait, depending on the given situation. What you may not be realizing is that you can end up adding a great deal of unwanted stress to your life. Worrying and frustration are two feelings that can have a profound effect on your body, emotional state as well as your level of success.

To work with patience is to quiet your self, persevere steadily, maintain an even-temper and exercise care and diligence. When you are impatient, then you are actually missing out on a number of wonderful things that are going on around you in life. Whether you realize it or not, you can end up going through life stressed out and not dealing with the here and now simply because you cannot wait a second longer. In addition to the stresses and pieces of life that you are missing out on, you are also walking a fine line that could result in harm to yourself or others around you because you are rushing and not taking care of each situation in the here and now. Rushing projects to completion can lead to many errors and mistakes both in judgment and correctness.

Stop, pause, breathe and reflect to embrace the present moment and organize your thoughts, be patient with yourself.

In order for you to avoid errors, you must adopt an outlook on life that includes patience and the ability to take life as it comes. Living in the moment can have amazing benefits; you simply have to want it. When you are able to live in the present, you will find that you have a much stronger appreciation for the little things in life. Because you are not rushing ahead, you are going to see that the people, places and things that surround you are a huge part of the person that you are today, not who you think is coming in the future.

As you look at patience and the level that you have or do not have, you are going to find that you can live a life that is free of anxiety if you simply put your mind to it. When you feel better and you are less stressed, you will be able to think clearly and more creatively on the goals you want to accomplish. Less cares and worries can make for a calm, happy, successful individual. Patience truly is a virtue; you simply have to use patience to your advantage and enjoy the prosperous returns to your life.

Wonderful things can arise as a result of  being patient, dedicated and persistent on your path to excellence! Make it a fabulous day!

About the author: Jodi Nicholson is an Entrepreneur, Success Coach and Mentor and known as The Fabulous Coach! She enjoys writing, speaking and servicing a global clientele in her private coaching and consulting practice. To connect with Jodi please visit http://www.jodinicholson.com
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