“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

Stephen R. Covey

It is easy to blame circumstances for where you are in your life. If you need examples of that simply watch the six o’clock news or read any newspaper. You will see all kinds of people screaming and yelling about how bad their circumstances are. Many however, do nothing to change their circumstances. They simply blame others and want someone else to do something to change those circumstances.

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”

Bruce Barton

What you seldom see on the six o’clock news are the countless stories of people who grew up in, or were faced with the same circumstances but chose to do something about it. They found something inside of them that was superior to circumstance and took action to change their circumstances, and in doing so changed their life.

They used their circumstances as a source of motivation and inspiration to move forward. They made the decision not to be a victim, and not to get caught up in the blame game. They chose to take responsibility for their life, for their choices and for their own success.

“Others can make you a target. Only you can choose to be a victim.”

Gavin de Becker

They accept that this is not an easy path, but it is worth the effort. They accept that in striving for more, for better, to improve themselves and their lives there will be failures. When they do fail they use that failure as an opportunity to learn and grow from the experience and choose to move forward wiser and stronger.

What choices are you making in life? Are you choosing to blame circumstances and others? Are you choosing to be a victim? Or, are you choosing to find something inside of you that is superior to circumstance, and choosing to rise above and strive for more, for better, for significance in your life?

What’s Important Now? Choose well.

Article by: Brian Willis – WinningMindTraining.com

4 thoughts on “Circumstances vs Decisions”

  1. I am one of the people who see’s how badly people are hurting themselves and each other with this victim mentality. They go through life placing blame on others or circumstances they claim are just out of their control. You know what this is? Lack of maturity. Maturity takes responsibility. We are living in a world with adult-size children and they are trying to create a world where everything is perfect, people are free to be themselves, and no one struggles with money. That has already been created by God. It is a little place called Heaven. Mankind can’t create this. The closest you will get to Heaven on earth is trusting God and following Jesus’ teachings. Most people don’t. This is why many struggle with poverty, sickness, and hate in their hearts.

    1. Hello, Brie … you too have a heart to speak truth, boldly … for which I admire.

      When you say, ‘many struggle with poverty, sickness, and hate in their hearts, it is indeed a lack of truth within. Most call upon the universe, including television idol leaders like ‘O’ … no more said … when in fact, we will have less issues when we call upon ‘THE ONE’ who Created the universe.

      The more love spread while loving our enemies at their worst, then shall the truth begin to permeate the soul that religion says we do not have.

      Thank you for your comment, Brie … TM

  2. This reminds me of the saying that goes something like, “I found the harder I worked, the luckier I got.” Personally, there is no denying that sometimes circumstances arise that help or harm me. I have no control over them and while I may be prepared to capitalize on them (or minimize damage), they’re unpredictable and do occur. However, I also know that I can make wise choices that will impact me much more than fortune or misfortune (Similarly to how bad choices can harm me). Life doesn’t have to be a nihilist nightmare. Make wise choices and see how good it can be.

    1. Yes, Harry Benderson, Truth Mogul agrees. Nothing really beats hard work. TM spent 20+ hard work years chasing what he thought he always wanted, only to get it and not want it. And here once again, he has spent the following 20+ years and about to release a real, viable, genuine game (age) changer for the world; all part of the much bigger plan that we never really know about until it happens? Will we ever know the answer to such a big question?

      One thing is certain, and that is that the odds of something good and truly worth while, coming together overnight, is slim to none. At the same time, we can follow all the fluffy faceybook quotes posted, and unless there is a concrete path or purpose for one to follow, said fluffy quotes are just that … fluff … and no more. In the meantime, taking your suggestion, to make wise choices and see how good it can be is our best option.


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