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TipsForSuccess: How to Get into the Driver's Seat of Life (Part 3)

 


How to Get into the Driver's Seat of Life (Part 3 of 3)

As you may remember in Parts 1 and 2 of "How to Get into the Driver's Seat of Life," you increase your power and success by assuming responsibility.

Believing, Knowing, Willing

Taking responsibility for something does not necessarily mean you have to do anything. Just change your attitude about the situation.

"To be responsible for something one does not actually have to care for it or reach it or be it. One only needs to believe or know that he has the ability to care for it, reach it or be it." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Bob owned a large copy machine sales and service company. Sales had been in a slump for several weeks. He couldn't get his sales team to sell machines no matter what he tried.

He learned this application of responsibility and decided to step up to the plate. He told his sales people, "If you guys don't sell some copiers within the next three hours, I'll do it myself." Until then, Bob had not been willing to do any sales. But when he said he would go sell copiers himself, he really meant it.

Three hours later, Bob grabbed some prospect sheets and headed for his car to go make some sales. Before he made it outside, two salesmen called the office to arrange delivery for new copiers. Bob smiled and went back to his work. Three other sales came in by the end of the day, which meant they sold more machines that afternoon than in the previous month. Bob knew his willingness made the difference.

Responsibility can seem to work like magic at times.

1. You have a problem,

2. You assume full responsibility for it

3. The problem solves.

For example, you are not getting paid at work because the sales guys are stuck. You decide to be responsible for the entire income of the organization and start to promote the company. The income starts to roll in and you get paid.

Your new car will not start and you are late for work. You get mad at the seller and demand that he come right now and fix it. He says he will, but never shows. You decide to take responsibility for the car and call a tow truck. Before you can make the call, you figure out how to start it and drive to work.

Jim, and his wife Jill, fight and argue every day. They call each other names and make threats. Jill decides to take responsibility for their marriage. She will apologize and listen while Jim vents his anger. Yet before she gets the chance, he suddenly feels better and apologizes. She never lets them fight again.

Summary

Avoiding problems, blaming others or explaining away difficulties gets you nowhere. Every individual who fails in life can give you dozens of explanations or people to blame. Yet they are still failing.

You now know the secret. Luckily, taking responsibility is easy to do.

Improving your ability and willingness to accept full responsibility makes working, managing and living much easier. You feel calmer and in better control. You have a distinct edge in the game.

You are in the driver's seat of life!


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