Victimville is a pathetically huge city in the state of mind. It’s residents live all over world. They come from all races and backgrounds. They are rich and poor, educated and ignorant. They come from good homes and broken families. For the most part, they are good people.
Sadly, too many of us maintain a residence there, or at least a summer cottage. But it’s time to leave Victimville for good.
Recognizing Your Residency
Those who live in, or too frequently visit Victimville, have several similarities. They make excuses, blame others, avoid accountability and allow circumstances to rule their life.
Our excuses are crafted and formulated in such a way to place us in the position of victim. We want to avoid accountability for weakness, failure and difficulty. Instead, we must take ownership and responsibility for every part of our lives and our outcomes.
Blaming is one of the most common weaknesses among mankind. We blame parents, past experiences, genetics, government, society, and circumstances. The truth is that each of us is powerful beyond our imaginations, and therefore we have no one to blame but ourselves. Life truly is what you make of it.
Someone wrote, “The quality of a painting is the responsibility of the painter. The quality of a sculpture is the responsibility of the sculptor. No blame is allowed. Similarly, the quality of your life is your responsibility. No blame is allowed.”
Resolve today to accept total and complete accountability for all your actions and circumstances. Refuse to blame anyone or anything. If you are not satisfied about some aspect of your life, resolve to change it. Do whatever you must, for as long as it takes, until you achieve the kind of life you want to live.
George Bernard Shaw is quoted as saying, “People are always blaming circumstance for what they are. I do not believe in circumstance. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstance they want and if they can’t find them they make them.”
“Man in his weakness is the creature of circumstances; man in his strength is the creator of circumstances. Whether he be victim or victor depends largely on himself.” William George Jordan
Countless men and women have overcome terrible circumstances to climb to places of high achievement and fulfilling lives. Because so many others have done it, you and I know that we can do it too. Do not allow yourself to blame your circumstances. Rather, decide that you will achieve your goals regardless of your circumstances!
Life is an absolutely fantastic adventure! Live everyday on purpose. Refuse to settle for mediocrity. Commit to a life of excellence by leaving Victimville and taking complete responsibility for every part of your life.
(Written in British Colombia)