Write your own story!

So the first day of the new year is over. How many of us made New years resolutions I wonder, and how many of those resolutions now lie in splinters on the floor, circumstances ‘beyond our control’ having forced us to break them ‘against our own wishes’.

Did you know that in a survey some time ago of 1200 managers, 4% of them were classified as peak performers?

What was the common denominator here? This 4% all took full responsibility for themselves, their teams, and their results. There was no blaming of others, no blaming of circumstances, in fact, no blame at all. Even when questioned about poor outcomes there was no ‘self kicking’, just a rational analysis of what went wrong in an effort to find a better way for next time. This top 4% are the ones who realise that they write the story of their own lives, and thats a pretty powerful realisation.  Once you accept this, it can give you a power over your own destiny that was never possible up til that point.

You can picture this concept quite simply. Picture an open book – on the left side, the pages are filled with text, on the other side, they are completely blank.  The left side is the bits that no one person can control. The environment, other people, society, culture etc. The things we just have to deal with. Its important to see though, that although we may not have ‘control’ over this side of the book, we can influence it in many ways, because the other side is ALL written by us. If we don’t like the way things are going, we can change the story.

We can write a new page every day, or we can write a chapter all at once as a guide, but it is up to every one of us to write our own story the way we WANT to write it. If the story’s not working out so well, change it! If you can’t change it all at once, change little bits. Make the story work for you.

The important thing is that you take responsibility for your own life and, well, write it yourself.

Good luck!

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2 Responses to “Write your own story!”


  1. 1 Capri Jones January 3, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Indeed we must take responsibility, no one else will do for us. An excellent way to approach creating your dream life.

  2. 2 jeffwangbest January 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Everyone is writing their own stories, while we should try our best to make it a great one. A great story absolutely takes responsibility.
    May I add one more, Proactiveness?


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I help people get things done by helping them realise that all the knowledge in the world will do absolutely NOTHING for them - if they don’t use it.
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