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Our Choices Define Us

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Born on March 24, 1840, Frances Jane Crosby (Fanny Crosby) became blind at the age of six. Raised by her mother and grandmother, Fanny's father died when she was just a year old. However, Fanny never allowed her situation take the better side of her. Fanny enrolled in the New York Institute for the Blind where she learned how to sing, play the piano and guitar. She eventually became one of America's most famous and prolific lyricists with over 8,000 songs averaging over 100 hymns per year through her life time. Her songs are still being sung by Christians all over the world today, some of which include: "Blessed Assurance", "To God be the Glory", "Praise Him, Praise Him" and "Jesus is tenderly calling you home". Fanny's choices defined her and today, she is one of the most celebrated lyricist even after her death in 1915.

"The happiest people in life don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just try to make the best of everything" - John. C. Maxwell

In life there are two kinds of people, those who make things happen and those who watch them happen. Those who make things happen are those who have through the years, changed the course of human history. They are not contented just by watching others do it, they get it on. I have resolved in my life to be one of those people. There a few things we have to get right before we can be one of those who make things happen.

Attitude
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain" - Maya Angelou.
John Maxwell defined attitude as an inward feeling expressed by outward behaviour - the outward projection of what we feel inside. Attitude colours every aspect of a man's life. "It's like the mind's paintbrush" - John Maxwell. The result you get out of situations and circumstances are often as a result of your attitudes. Every aspect of your life has been and will be affected and influenced by your attitude - past, present and future. If your attitude in the past has been very negative, its high time you began dealing with it because it can determine the direction for your future. Your attitude affect your choices and your choices, your future. No wonder, John Maxwell referred to it as "the difference maker". Your attitude can make the difference in your life. Think about it!

Stop blaming others
Often times in life we blame others for our past mistakes, pains hurts and regrets. John Maxwell in his book "Attitude: the difference maker" said:

Early in life you don't have the many choices. You don't choose where and when you are born. You don't choose your parents, your race, genes, health. Everything you were and nearly everything you did were not up to you. But the longer you live, the more your life is shaped by your choices. You now decide what you'd eat, who you will marry, whether to finish college and what you will do for a living. You now have responsibility for your life; hence, you can't and should not blame anyone for your decisions.

It's high time we took responsibility for our own actions, decisions and direction in life. To effectively live life, we have to own it. We have to be responsible for it. We have to stop blaming others for our failures and choose to try again when we fail. Yes, you heard me right - choose! We have to create options for ourselves. Don't fall into the trap of believing if something does not work out, then its the end. There is no end until you have defined one for yourself. Make the right choices that would define and determine your destiny. Stop blaming others, it will get you no where.

Remember, choices define us!

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