The choices you have made and the actions you have taken have produced the results that you see in your life right now. A lot of people might totally disagree with that statement, but I believe it is very true. Your results are directly produced by the decisions that you have made.
I understand that we are living in an, “it’s not my fault” society. Today, very few people take responsibility for their own actions. And, if you listen to what some people say, you might think that we are all victims!
But the truth of the matter is that the results in our own lives are because of our own choices and actions. We make a decision. We choose a particular course or action and then we reap the results.
Here’s an illustration. Let’s say you find yourself one beautiful summer afternoon sitting in a stadium enjoying a baseball game. How did you arrive at that particular result in your life? Did you go to sleep the night before and then just wake up sitting in the stands, cheering for your team?
Well, of course not. Somewhere along the line, you thought about going to a baseball game. Then, you eventually made a decision to go to the game. Just what got you to the point of making that decision? Your feelings did.
At some point, you began to think about going to a baseball game. If you’re like I am, and really like baseball, going to a baseball game is a happy pleasant thought.
But, just having a quick thought about going to a baseball game usually will not yield the result of actually going to that game. Plenty of times I’ve had a quick thought like, “One of these days I’m going to go the stadium and watch a game.” And then, that thought is quickly gone, replaced by some other thoughts.
But, if you really start to think about it for more than just a second or two, you will get some feelings about those thoughts. Try it out. If you don’t really like baseball, think about going somewhere that you’d really enjoy. It might be to the ocean, the mountains, fishing or whatever. Stop for a few minutes and really picture it in your mind.
Thinking about something very pleasant to you will produce pleasant feelings. That’s because feelings are a result of thoughts. That is how the Creator designed us. So, if you have lousy thoughts, then guess what? You are going to have lousy feelings. If you have pleasant thoughts, then those thoughts will produce pleasant feelings.
What does all that have to do with the results in your life? It has a lot to do with it, because our feelings so many times play a big roll in our decision-making and subsequent actions.
Our feelings lead to decisions and actions. These actions bring results in our lives. That’s why I said, “The results in your life are because of your own choices and actions.”
And here’s the good news! If you don’t like the results that you are getting in your life, realize it is because of your choices and actions. Understand that choices and actions are a result of your feelings. And, feelings are a product of your own thoughts. So, if you really want to see a change in the results, start by changing your own thoughts.
Choose what you are going to think about, and choose what you are not going to think about. Make a conscious decision to focus on your desires, not on your shortcomings. Refuse to dwell on any negative circumstances.
Thoughts of failure will produce feelings of failure. Feelings of failure will result in decisions and actions that will bring failure results into your life.
Thoughts of success will produce feelings of success. Feelings of success will result in decisions and actions that will bring success results into your life.
Take control of your own thoughts, because you are the only one who can! The Creator designed you with freedom of will to choose the thoughts you want to think, and to focus on the things you want to focus on. His desire for your life is success.
The results you get in your life are a product of your thoughts, emotions, choices and actions.