Every adult in western society should read this article by Motivational Speaker Craig Harper.
He wrote about his experience listening to Bobby Cappuccio speak. Bobby began his life facing extreme obstacles. Obstacles few of us could comprehend.
After giving us a summary of Bobby’s amazing story, Craig wrote:
To be honest, I am growing less and less tolerant of negative people who constantly whine, bitch, moan and complain about their tough lives. People who live in some of the wealthiest countries on earth, who have never known the hardship that more than half of the world’s population are subjected to every day of their life. People who constantly rationalise, justify and blame but never actually do anything constructive to change their reality. People who major in minors. I regularly get slammed for my hard-core approach to personal development but in truth, I don’t care if people share my philosophy or not.
I’m not interested in popularity, I’m interested in results, respect and life-long change. I don’t care about what people want to hear, I care about what works. We have become a fat and lazy society in every way, not just physically. We don’t like the truth, we don’t like being challenged and we don’t like being uncomfortable. What too many people don’t realise is that it’s the challenges and the discomfort that cause us to grow if, and when, we step up to the plate. As I’ve said before, pain is our greatest teacher if we choose to learn.
Craig Speaks The Truth
Some would say Craig’s words speak intolerance. I say they speak true compassion.
This is exactly why I find most politicians so offensive. For example, a politician will say he is going to fight obesity. How? A politician can’t end your weight problem, only you can. Accept it. There’s no one to blame. Only you can fix it. These nanny state politicians are nothing but enablers. They tell you what you want to hear. They indirectly tell you that you have no control over yourself. But you do have control over yourself. In fact, you are the only thing you do control.
Lyman Reed posted a Jim Rohn quote which ties in to this theme:
I used to say, “If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.” Now I say, “I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me”.
Take Care of Yourself
What does it mean to take care of yourself for others? It means you can’t take care of others, because you can’t control others. I can encourage you to eat healthy food, but if you choose to eat poison, there is nothing I can do for you. See? Your life is your choice. I can give you money, advice, time, love… but it will do you no good unless you willingly accept it and put it to work. There is no shortage of people ready and willing to help others. There is a shortage of people willing to accept help and take responsibility for their actions. No one can change your life, because the choice is yours and yours alone. It doesn’t matter if you want to lose weight, get fit, learn a new trade, change your thinking, manage your anger, fight your addictions, earn more money, or have better relationships. The information and help is available everywhere. It is ubiquitous in our society. But you must decide to take positive action.
It doesn’t matter what you did last year, last month, or yesterday. All that matters is what you do next.
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