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I saw this quote earlier in the week and it really struck a chord with me.

“You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” -Ayn Rand

Many of us came to realize as we grew older we need to take responsibility for our actions. Finances, our words and anything else in our life is our own doing. A lot of people go through their lives placing the blame for where they are in life and what happens to them on other people. Some outside reason is always the cause for their action and how their life is. They are bankrupt because they got fired from their job. Getting let go had nothing to do with them doing a poor quality job and calling in sick all of the time. The reason they were fired couldn’t possibly be they were a distraction to other employees by causing all kinds of drama then playing the victim. 

Instead of seeing they are the cause of their own problem, they totally ignore their actions and continue blaming the rest of the world for their problems. For those of you out there who watch the news somewhat regularly, you’ll see most actions of the government are this way. Politicians rarely take responsibility for what’s happening. The problem is always the budgets are too small or the Republicans wouldn’t let the Democrats do something so it’s their fault the economy sucks or vice versa.

Taking responsibility for your life and actions is the sign of a strong character. When you cowboy up and realize you are the one who is ultimately responsible for yourself and looking out for your family, a new world opens up. The way you make decisions changes. The way you spend your money will change.

When you own up to your actions and take responsibilities for yourself and/or family, you will likely want to be a bit more picky about what you buy. Part of being responsible is doing everything in your power to make your situation better. A lot of times as we gain more life experience, we value different things. Getting out of debt versus having the newest gadget or having backup food and funds in case something bad happens trumps going on a vacation every year.

The overall plan as we get older is to learn from your mistakes and grow as a person. Part of growing is becoming responsible. While being responsible can be really boring and difficult, it is a lot less stressful in comparison. When you sweep your problems under the rug, the problem still exists in the back of your mind. When you have enough of these problems piled up, it causes constant stress. You might have trouble sleeping or might be on edge all of the time and not know why.

Eating right is a great place to start taking responsibility and looking out for your future. Being healthy is a reward within itself. Right now you might just head to the store and buy a can of corn for dinner. The better route is to pick up organic, non-gmo vegetables. It’s the choices we make now that affect the future us. The results all snowball into our future.

When you start to take responsibility for your life, you will feel a sense of freedom. We all think we can deal with the stress in our lives. We make adjustments to compensate for the changes. After a while, we get to the breaking point and we feel the weight of the incremental stress bearing down on us. It’s really an amazing feeling you can’t explain to someone. The feeling of freedom from debt and comfort to do what makes you happy is well worth the effort.

What made you decide to cowboy up and start taking responsibility for your actions and choices?

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