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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 319

Thoughts: What is one of the most boring and tiresome words ever?

Like discipline, responsibility is one of those words you have probably heard so many times from authority figures that you’ve developed a bit of an allergy to it. Still, it’s one of the most important things to grow and to feel good about your life including your body and health.

Taking responsibility for ones own actions.

Some people are scared of responsibility. Healthy people are responsible people. Before you eat something you take responsibility for the properties you are putting into your body; otherwise you are a victim to the food you are consuming.

Before the Earth Diet I would eat processed foods, fast foods and sugary foods and the next day feel sluggish and bloated. Then I would become a victim - why me? I am always bloated? She's not bloated, I am, why I work so hard, I am healthy most of the time, it's so hard and bla bla bla - obviously that did nothing. Useless thinking - and because I acknowledged it and believed it - wasted energy.

I learned this energy could be better spent having taken responsibility for my health and body and that no person, no outside circumstance can affect my life - if I don't allow it that is. Once I took on responsibility for my health and that I am the one who decides my health, I began to experience the healthiest I have been in my entire life! It is in my hands now :) No blaming the food, my parents, my mind etc etc ;)

Exploring personal responsibility with the help from some timeless thoughts on the topic...

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”

Not taking responsibility may be less demanding, less painful and mean less time spent in the unknown. It’s more comfortable. You can just take it easy and blame problems in your life on someone else. But there is always a price to pay. When you don’t take responsibility for your life you give away your personal power. Plus more…

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.”
Joan Didion

Give yourself the permission to live the life you want.

“When we have begun to take charge of our lives, to own ourselves, there is no longer any need to ask permission of someone.”
George O’Neil

By taking responsibility for our lives we not only gain control of what happens. It also becomes natural to feel like you deserve more in life as your self-esteem builds and as you do the right thing more consistently. You feel better about yourself.

Because it’s most often you that are standing in your own way and in the way of your success. It’s you that start to self-sabotage or hold yourself back in subtle or not so subtle ways once you are on your way to the success you dream of.

To remove that inner resistance you must feel and think that you actually deserve what you want. You may be able to do a little about that by affirmations and other positive techniques. But the biggest impact by far comes from taking responsibility for yourself and your life.

Taking action becomes natural.

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
Abraham Lincoln

Life consists of each day. Not just the big events sometime in the future. So don’t forget to take responsibility for the little things today too. Don’t postpone it. Taking responsibility for your life can be hard and taxing on you. It’s not something you master over the weekend. So you might as well get started with the it right now.

Aim to be your best self.

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.”
Henry Ward Beecher

Read more about responsibility on The Positivity Blog

Quotes: “It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it.” Sophocles

What I Ate Today:

Meal 1: Buckwheat pancakes with Egg Omlette! Created with organic eggs, spring onions, olive oil and buckwheat :)

Meal 2: A avocado.

Meal 3: A orange, grapefruit and strawberry juice mmm!

Meal 4: Some brazil nuts.

Meal 5: Saute of Peas and Prosciutto with Mint! Created with olive oil, shallots , sugar snap peas, fresh shelled peas, prosciutto or salmon, mint and coconut oil.

Meal 6: Chocolate Wrapped Almond Delights! No sugar, no dairy and they are raw :) mmm! Created with almonds, oats, cacao, agave and vanilla!

Recipe: The recipe for Buckwheat Pancakes and Egg Omlete, Sauteed Peas Prosciutto and Mint, and Chocolate Covered Almond Delights are available free on The Earth Diet recipe

Exercise: Dancing and stretching my body to some beautiful music by John Michael Sherdon!

46 days to go!!!

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