10 vs 90

Life has truly been interesting for me these past couple of months.  I have embarked on several new adventures, and I must say a few of these adventures have been mind blowing.


One of the new adventures I embarked on is a new job.  While it still isn’t my ultimate  dream career, it is something that will allow me to gain a new valuable skill for when the time does come for me to take possession of my ultimate dream job.  Yes, I know many of you may feel like I am being very vague, but in all fairness if you have read any of my other post you should know that my dream job is to be a full time writer.  Although I must admit my actions don’t always indicate that as my dream. 


One of my favorite audibles right now is Steve Harvey’s, “Think Like A Success, Act Like A Success.”  Although I have the book as well, I love the audible because I can listen to it while in traffic, which helps to reduce my stress and road rage significantly.  Anyway, one quote that Steve often says is, “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% what  you do about it.”  Chew on that for a minute.  Now think about the various things that have happened to you and made you feel like that was the end.  What did you do in response?  Did you take the outcome as the end, or did you figure out how to move past that moment and make the best out of the situation? 


I will admit, at various times in my life I have in fact been that one who felt like things kept happening to me, and there was nothing I could do about it but accept what was dealt to me.  It often triggered me to expect and accept far less than I should have.  Then I blamed everything that happened to me on everyone and everything else.  It was always someone else’s fault why I didn’t get the promotion, why my finances weren’t in great shape, why I kept choosing the wrong mate for relationships, and why I wasn’t able to really move forward in life the way I wanted to.  Then I was introduced to the word accountability. 


Sure there were some unfortunate things that have happened in my life, and it wasn’t all someone else’s fault.   Some things I actually contributed to, but just because it didn’t work this time doesn’t mean that I should give up.  Maybe it wasn’t the right opportunity (job, relationship, car, etc.), or maybe it simply wasn’t the right time.  Most successful people fail many times before they make it to their “big break.”  When they fail they simply dust themselves off and get back up and try it again.  It doesn’t mean that their failures didn’t hurt or disappoint them.  It simply means that they got back up and tried again. 


So today ask yourself, is my life being controlled by the 10% that happens to me, or the 90% that I am doing about it? As always I thank you for stopping by.  Remember to be friendly, show favor, and give love!

Published by T. Lynn Tate

I am a story mid-wife, writer, and Talk Show Host. I specialize in helping women tell their stories of healing to wholeness through various faith-based genres. I am the host of the online talk show series Penned The Writer's Utopia and Sip & Chat with T. Lynn.

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