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Everyone wants to assert their rights. People demand the right to be heard, or the right to be protected, or the right to do whatever they want to do.

Our “rights” are turning into a disease. We HAVE more rights than anyone could have ever imagined, but nobody wants to be responsible.

We’re living in a day and age where you can connect with almost anyone instantly. We have created a global economy. We can influence real, lasting change on a global scale. And we can watch TV for hours every day.

Are You Offended?

The world is getting soft. And you’re offended. So you use your right of free speech to smother somebody else’s rights.

People blame outside influences for their position in life. It was the weather’s fault that I’m late. It was Jane and John’s fault for not inviting me to the event. It was my parents’ fault for raising me this way…

No. It’s your fault. I’ve written about developing an internal locus of control before, and I think it’s about time that you take my advice (and the advice of many others).

Ownership Makes the Difference

If you take ownership of your situation, you’ll be happier. You’ll be healthier. You’ll feel like you can conquer anything. Start adapting to circumstance, don’t be a victim to it.

I know well and good when I drop the ball, and I’m probably harder on myself than anyone else when I do it. But I’ve started seeing things from a slightly different perspective.

See, there’s a difference between owning your situation and punishing yourself for failures. I’m not suggesting that you do what I’ve done for years and beat yourself up when you fail or fall short. Hell, I need to love myself more. I think you should love yourself, too. You should have higher expectations from the people you love, though. That includes yourself

Obstacle or Opportunity?

Just take some responsibility for your own actions and quit worrying about the fairness of your situation. Find joy in obstacles that make you become something more than what you currently are.

Challenges can be opportunities or injustice. It’s up to you to decide what those challenges will become. Are you going to worry about your rights, or are you going to take responsibility and start doing something worthwhile?

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