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Accountiblity Vs. Victimhood

Aug 18, 2007
Most people in the world spend all there time blaming others for there circumstances and playing the role of a victim rather than taking accountability for there lives. The victims blame everyone else, life's circumstances and everything else for their life's misery, lack of prospering and unattain desires and goals.

On the other hand a Producers, the opposite of a victims, don't let life's circumstances control how they feel or what they accomplish. A Producers take what the world has given them and finds away to use that to their advantage to attain happiness and prosperity.

Unfortunately most of the world is in this scarcity mind set of victimhood where they are victimized by their circumstances. They let events and other people control their lives by allowing these events and people to become justifications for why their lives are not better and for why they aren't happy.

Yes, bad things do happen to good people but it is in these moments that people can find their greatest strengths and their greatest triumphs. The people who let these bad things become an excuse for not accomplishing anything will stay in poverty all their life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe gives insight in to how people can begin to change their thinking so they are no longer a victim. "If we examine every stage of our lives, we find that from our fist breath to our last we are under the constraint of circumstances. And yet we still possess the greatest of all freedoms, the power of developing our innermost selves in harmony with the moral order of the Universe, and so winning peace at heart whatever obstacles we meet."

Yes, everyone is constrained by circumstance. Everyone has things happen to them and around them. But as Goethe expresses, they have the freedom to choose. They can choose to allow these things and events to be an excuse for their failures and miseries or they can use them as opportunities to grow and to increase their prosperity.

Life circumstances and events are not reasons to not reach our full potential, find happiness and success. Life circumstances and events are opportunities to grow and learn, by asking what shall I do now.

A great example of using life's circumstances to better your situation is a story at the end of Revolutionary War. General Washington had been planning an attack on New York for months. The French had been planning with Washington to help in the assault. But secretly, the French took their ships to Chesapeake Bay.

This enabled the French to fight in safer waters and help them in their conquest of British occupied islands in the West Indies. Washington discovered this French deception. Instead of cursing the French and playing the victim role, Washington looked at the situation and asked what can I do.

Unbeknown to the French, Washington found the perfect opportunity to trap Cornwall at Yorktown. Washington continued to allude that he would attack New York, while waiting for the French to enter Chesapeake and seal of Yorktown. Then he moved in and trapped Cornwall; consequently ending the Revolutionary War.

Had Washington played the victim and allowed himself to be ruined by French deception, who knows how long the Revolutionary War would have continued and if the Americans would have overcome the British. Since Washington took control of the circumstances and sought ways that it could benefit him and his country, he successfully ended the war and spurred America onto independence.

By falling into victimhood you restrict yourself from progressing. You say to yourself I would have been happy if this didn't happen, or someone didn't say such a thing to me, or if I was as lucky as so and so.

It is your choice to be a victim to life's circumstances and to let others effect your life. The only person you are hurting is yourself. You cannot progress and be a victim. You cannon improve your life and at the same time believe your life would be better if such and such didn't happen.

By a person taking accountability for their life, they give themselves the power to control their life. When a person blames someone or something else for how there life is, they no longer have the ability to change or accomplish what they want. Because they can't change that person or event. When a person takes accountability for their life and they can accomplish.
About the Author
Christopher Anderson is part owner of Lone Peak Business Solutions, Inc. He wants to share his success as a business owner with others who desire to own their own business. He also believes that the economy is stronger with more business owners, and as a result, he is focused on helping business owners succeed.
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