Why personal responsibility as a brand? It is the key to having an extraordinary life and it gives you real power to achieve the goals, dreams and life you desire.
What is also great about it is that it is straightforward. All you have to do is ask yourself, "what can I do at this moment to achieve the dreams, goals or life I desire?" If you come from the same mindset I use, see that you have every opportunity to achieve whatever you want. You just have to give up a few internal conversations in your head. It's not easy to let go of those internal conversations because those are true and real about you. I know this because I, too had the proof; look at me; I was the victim of a fatal car crash and sustained life-threatening burns to 75% of my body. This happened to me, and I didn't deserve to have this happen, and I hate that this is now my life, and I am the only one having to deal with the aftermath of that fatal car crash. I can't ever get married now because, look at me, I'm ugly, broken and destroyed. I'm unlovable, unworthy of having a wife or family. I'll never work again, look at my hands; they don't even work. Hell, one hand is all twisted up with scars, and the other one, I can't even open it up. Who is going to want to hire me? I can barely use my hands; I will never be able to provide for myself.
Here's the thing, that dialogue ran in my head for a while as I lay broken and burned in that hospital bed. I believed it for a while; I was consumed with self-pity and was a total victim. I ran with that belief until my dad talked with me, and I saw that if I was going to have any kind of life, I had to take responsibility for it and stop feeling sorry for myself. I had to stop being the victim. I had to stop blaming others for my misfortune. I had to stop blaming the doctors because the surgeries they were doing to fix me weren't making me look like I did before the burns. With time and this important conversation, I was able to stop feeling sorry for myself and start creating the life I wanted. I saw that I could have a life, hell, a life that got me excited to wake up every day instead of the pitiful life I was currently living bandaged up in that hospital bed. What's cool is I also took on the idea that I would be the poster boy for burn survivors around the world, showing society that not all survivors are broken. I saw that I could change how burn survivors were seen in the community. I am pleased to let you know that I am regarded highly in the burn community for the personal growth I have achieved and all that I have accomplished with my speaking business. I am also known throughout Canada, the USA and other countries for demonstrating what's possible after recovering from A burn trauma. I have changed how burn survivors are seen in the community and have helped those who have experienced burn trauma get back to life.
How did I actually get here? The here where I am now married 15 years with a beautiful wife; three beautiful daughters; living in my own home in beautiful Victoria, BC; volunteering with different groups/organizations and causes and running a successful speaking business. That is my humble brag. Oh, and I have even won two community awards. I really do have an extraordinary life, and I look like this. My whole mission is to help people end their internal suffering, live the life they desire, and achieve the goals they set for themselves.
There is a little more to achieving that which you desire, but I want you to understand that you, too, can have the life that excites you. You, too, can achieve the goals that you set for yourself. You, too, can marry the woman of your dreams and have that beautiful family. You can have whatever you desire, set your mind to, and keep taking actions that are consistent with you having those results. You may have to refocus and recalibrate things periodically, but you can achieve it, and if someone tells you that you can't, do yourself a favour and ask them to hold your drink while you show them. The key is you have to be responsible for your life and everything you have achieved and haven't achieved. You have to let go of being a victim, that someone is out to get you. You have to see that you are able to achieve whatever you set your mind to and it is going to take some work. You will have to keep letting go of disempowering internal conversations but understand that you can achieve whatever it is you desire. Hell, I'm living proof.
I love giving people hope and empowering them to take action because that is how you have real power in your life. Otherwise known as the power equations. HOPE + COURAGE = POWER