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The Power of "You"

I have incorporated this theme in several blog entries over time … the idea that we are ultimately responsible for our own destiny.  We can blame circumstance, “the other person”, our parents, the government if we like … but really, we hold the key to our own destiny.  We decide if we are going to be successful or not, happy or not, fulfilled or not.

One of the more recent blog entries I wrote was called Help Yourself … a short blog entry on this subject of taking charge of your life.

Another recent blog entry asked What Motivates You… in that entry I refer to Nick Vujicic who was born without arms and legs and is a motivational speaker!  No arms, no legs, no problem is his motto!   You think you have obstacles in your life, think about Nick’s life!

Today I am including an article written by Michael Dalton Johnson who I have referenced before.   I think Michael’s article is a positive look at what is possible, and presents the same argument from a slightly different, and perhaps more inspiring, perspective.  Michael is the Editor & Publisher of “Top Dog Sales Secrets”, the best-selling sales book featuring; advice from 50 renowned sales experts. He is the Founder and Publisher of, an education resource for sales professionals. Johnson is a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of business leadership. For a free subscription to his weekly sales tips newsletter, visit his website at

Reflections on Your Greatness

by Michael Dalton Johnson

You are great.  You are far greater than you imagine. You are a unique entity given the power to create your own life. When you look outside yourself for self-definition you are giving your power away. However, when you understand and accept that you alone possess the power to define yourself and your life, there are dramatic changes. You will find new clarity, focus and confidence. You’ll also find that using this incredible gift is both exhilarating and challenging.

You are in charge.  Think of your life as a movie. You are the writer, director, producer and star. You choose your co-stars and extras. Whether the movie is a smash or a flop is in your hands.

Your thoughts determine your outcomes.  This is one of the great mysteries. There are a lot of theories about this phenomenon but no one really knows how it works. However, it does work and reveals the astonishing power of your thoughts.  If you think you are average, you are. If you think you can’t win, you won’t. Conversely, if you see yourself succeeding, you will. If you expect great things to come to your life, they’re on their way.

You bring others with you. Your courage and confidence to examine your life and make changes will have a profound effect on those around you. When you lift yourself up, others are lifted up too.

Your life. Your responsibility. The first and most important rule is to take responsibility for everything that happens in your life. Following this rule puts you in command.  Winston Churchill said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”  While I’m certain he was talking about fighting wars and leading nations, his statement applies to your life as well.

You have the power. Life will inevitably send you your share of setbacks, problems, disappointments and losses. These things are beyond your control. How you react to them is not. Listen to the voice within you and realize you have a choice. You have the greatness to persevere, to forgive, to smile, to lift yourself and others up and to move on.