Autobiography in 5 Chapters

In all my life, training and experience, the most powerful and profound thing I have ever done for myself is to take 100% responsibility for my life. That means 100% responsibility for EVERYTHING.

When we take 100% responsibility for everything we think, say, do, create, support or allow – we gain 100% ABILITY to change the conditions of our lives, and to live in a state of authenticity, integrity, prosperity, and peace.

This doesn’t mean we blame ourselves for the actions or behaviours of others, or that we minimize the impact of circumstances that are beyond our control, or that we don't hold others accountable too. What it does mean is that we are 100% responsible for the way we choose to respond to each circumstance, situation or event. We are 100% responsible for the way we choose to use our experiences to either re-create a situation, or to progressively inform our personal growth and learning, and move closer to our personal truth and goals.

The extent to which this single choice can empower us in our lives is immeasurable.

I have worked extensively with this principle as discussed by Jack Canfield in The Success Principles, and have great respect for his work. But my journey into this practice began with a poem from “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” by Sogyal Rinpoche. The poem is called “Autobiography in 5 Chapters”. I keep a copy on hand as a reminder, and share it with people as often as I can. Here it is for you:

Autobiography in 5 Chapters

1) I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk

I fall in.

I am lost… I am hopeless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

2) I walk down the same street.