Boy, 10 weeks ago I don’t think I would have recognized myself in that statement. I looked outside of myself to try to find excuses for situations I faced. I blamed the economy, jobs, bosses, the weather, whatever reason I could find.
I knew that those who succeeded in life had perseverance. They had drive and just didn’t give up but that is all I knew. I never realized that perseverance was only one aspect. I didn’t realize that looking inside of oneself and despite all of the circumstances the person within controls the direction that I would go in life.
Les Brown talks about how as a child he was told he was functionally retarded. That he was illiterate. Then one day a teacher told him not to let others label him. That he could become whatever he wanted to become. Once he heard that he changed his opinion of himself. He grew and is now an internationally recognized speaker. Intuitively he came in contact with his person within and manifested success in his life.
Me, I’m going through life reacting to circumstances because as Haanel says, “he does not know that every effect is the result of a certain definite cause, but he seeks to console himself with explanations and excuses. He thinks only in self-defense”
Thanks to the Master Key now I get it. I may not be there yet but now I do understand. “…the man who understands that there is no effect without an adequate cause thinks impersonally. He gets down to bedrock facts regardless of consequences. He is free to follow the trail of truth wherever it may lead. He sees the issue clear to the end, and he meets the requirements fully and fairly, and the result is that the world gives him all that it has to give, in friendship, honor, love and approval.”