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This is an excerpt from a great book, The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success. It is an absolute must-read and great addition to your entrepreneur mindset library! In it Andy Andrews discusses the seven decisions that determine personal success and the first one is entitled, The Buck Stops Here.

“The choice is up to you how you want your life to be. Sometimes we feel as though everything is out of our control but we have to remember it really is a matter of personal choice. Your future is what you decide it will be.

Our thinking creates a pathway to success or failure. By disclaiming responsibility for our present, we crush the prospect of an incredible future that might have been ours.

You are where you are because of your thinking. Your thinking dictates your decisions. Decisions are choices. Years ago, you began making the choices that led you to your present situation.

You chose the house in which you live and the cars you would drive, you chose how much the payments would be each month. By choosing to eat rib eye steaks or hot dogs, you chose your household expenses.

The words It’s not my fault! should never again come from your mouth.

Those words have been symbolically written on the gravestones of unsuccessful people ever since Eve took her first bit of the apple. Until a person takes responsibility for where he is, there is no basis for moving on. The bad news is the past was in your hands but the good news is that the future, my friend, is also in your hands.

The first decision for success: The buck stops here.

From this moment forward, I will accept responsibility for my past. I understand the beginning of wisdom is to accept the responsibility for my own problems and that by accepting responsibility for my past, I free myself to move into a bigger, brighter future of my own choosing.

Never again will I blame my parents, my spouse, my boss, or other employees for my present situation. Neither my education nor lack of one, my genetics, or the circumstantial ebb and flow of everyday life will affect my future in a negative way. If I allow myself to blame these uncontrollable forces for my lack of success, I will forever be caught in a web of the past. I will look forward. I will not let my history control my destiny.

The buck stops here. I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my success.

Today I will begin the process of changing where I am – mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially – by changing the way I think. My mind will live in the solutions of the future. It will not dwell in the problems of the past. I will never seek comfort by associating with those who have decided to be comfortable.

When faced with an opportunity to make a decision, I will make one. I understand that God did not put in me the ability to always make right decisions. He did, however, put me in the ability to make a decision and then make it right.

My life will not be an apology. It will be a statement.

The buck stops here. I control my thoughts. I control my emotions. I am responsible for my success. The buck stops here.”

Wasn’t that powerful? The craziest part is that was just THE FIRST DECISION out of seven! This book is a must read but only if you are serious about making some true, lasting changes in your life.


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