Friday, March 9, 2012

Live Like the Honey Badger: Principle 6

This is the sixth in a series of posts entitled, Live Like the Honey Badger. Every Friday, I address one aspect of developing confidence, self-worth, a fearless nature and the like. Previous weeks are linked below.

Principle 1: Honey Badger Don't Care
Principle 2: Accept Yourself. Your Whole Self
Principle 3: Surround Yourself With Honey Badgers
Principle 4: Break the Mold
Principle 5: It's Not Selfish. It's Self Fulfilling

Principle 6: It's Your Life. Take Responsibility.

Take a look at yourself.

Is something holding you back? Keeping you from reaching your goals? Stopping you from becoming a better, stronger you? Do you have a reason, better known as an excuse, as to why your life is the way it is? Are there outside forces holding you back? Or maybe circumstances that are out of your control?

Now, be honest.

How many of those barriers are legitimate? How many are honestly out of your control? And how many are really just the result of your inability to take responsibility for your choices, actions and disappointments?

I bet your list just got really short.

Now, I'm not saying that bad things don't happen to good people. Or that some individuals don't face more challenging circumstances than others. That just wouldn't be true.

What I am saying is that some people are better at working with the hand they are dealt. Some people see life's stumbling blocks as an opportunity to challenge themselves and to improve. Others see those same stumbling blocks as a reason to give up. Not because those difficulties are a true barrier, but because they choose to let them be.

You can't let your doubts, fears, weaknesses and excuses get in the way of you being the best version of yourself. If you want to live your dream life, then live it. No one is in control of your life, except for you.

You didn't become overweight because someone else made you.
You didn't adopt an unhealthy lifestyle because someone else made you.
You didn't lose your inner strength because someone else made you.
You didn't get to where you are today because someone else made you.

You are who you are because you chose to be that way. Even if you feel like someone or something else has had a negative effect on your life, you are still responsible for the way you are in this very moment because you chose how you would react to that negativity.

You can choose to be better. You can choose to tackle life's challenges head on. You can be everything you've ever wanted to be. Nothing is going to stop you but yourself.

It's your life. Take responsibility.


Anonymous said...

Love this! And it's so true... I'm doing my best to tackle all of my challenges head on because goodness knows, no one else will for me :)

Unknown said...

Love this and all of these from the series! I'm gonna share it. Have a super kicking weekend!!

Anonymous said...

I def believe I have a mental block somewhere in my head. I think I sabotage myself

Jason said...

This is so true.

I am going all HoneyBadger in Puerto Rico now in the swim......Thank You for the reminder!

Jessica Karazsia (@irun26at8) said...

Yep! Love this post. We are all responsible for our own happiness.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Another motivating post!

I think a stumbling block in some women's lives is not that they don't believe in themselves but that they may not have that unconditional support from friends or family. Of course, starting a running habit or a healthier lifestyle doesn't take the support of others BUT it sure makes it easier to believe in yourself if those around you do too.
Hopefully everyone who reads this post will realize that it's enough for them to believe...the others will come around eventually.

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

Amen to this! Very well said. I love this series!

H Love said...

You should write a book and make T-shirts! HA!

Unknown said...

I love this series so much. Simply because it is everything we hear all the time but using the "honeybadger" it almost gives go ahead and be the inner asshole you with you could be and say f-u world!

Running Backwards in High Heels said...

I think this is a big one for runners. I think, as a group, we generally take whatever set backs happen, and choose to turn them around and push through. We have to be good at that, to be able to distance running. I have almost become bitter and mean about hearing people say, "I can't get up at 5 am and workout" or "I can't run around the block!" No, friend, you CHOOSE not to do those things. *rant over*