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Taking Out The Trash; Understanding the Difference Between Living at Cause and Living at Effect.

Taking out the trash

The following is an excerpt from Get Off Your “But” by Sean Stephenson.

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“Are you saying I’m at fault for my father beating me as a child?”

“Of course not,” I replied.  “This isn’t a matter of being at fault for being abused.  This is a matter of being responsible for how you act in response to those events now.  When you were little, you were right to do everything you needed to do to protect yourself.  The question is, are you still curling up in a ball to fend off the blows of life, or are you standing tall?”

She just stared at me, puzzled.  It was time to help her understand the difference between living at Cause and living at Effect.

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You are at the source of being fat, sick, tired, broke, angry, depressed, and lonely.  Stop blaming your boss, family, neighbor, lover, government, society, or God.  You are the one at the scene of the crime every time something goes wrong in your life.  Stop looking for a fall guy, a scapegoat, or an innocent bystander to pin your problems on.  Until you take ownership for your life, you will always be chasing happiness.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But”

“Consider every thought you have as a suggestion, not an order. Right now, my mind is suggesting that I feel tired. It is suggesting that I give up. It is suggesting that I take an easier path.  If I pause for a moment, however, I can discover new suggestions. My mind is also suggesting that I will feel very good about accomplishing this work once it is done. It is suggesting that I will respect the identity I am building when I stick to the schedule. It is suggesting that I have the ability to finish this task, even when I don’t feel like.  Remember, none of these suggestions are orders. They are merely options. I have the power to choose which option I follow.” ~ James Clear, Blog