I first remembering hearing this quote in the movie “Coach Carter” @samuelljackson.
I was younger, maybe 17 or 18 at the time, and although I felt inspired by the film, much like I was by “Gridiron Gang” @therock
, I don’t remember taking any specific actionable steps towards chasing my personal legend (the Alchemist) @paulocoehlo.
Tbh, I probably watched the film several more times, with the same feelings, and the same resulting stagnation.
It wasn’t until recently, within this past year, when I re-watched it, that this quote struck such a chord 🎼. Call it perception, call it life experience, call it maturity, call it w.e you want. All I know is I felt it. Profoundly. Within my soul 🔥
We’re so conditioned to think “we’re not good enough”, that “we’ll never make it”, or that “we’re not being realistic”, that we forget the opposite is actually what’s frightening. The fact is if we endeavour, dedicate and monitor our actions as closely as we can to match our values & beliefs, we can achieve anything...If we’re willing to delve deep, introspect, break years, maybe generations of social conditioning and @throwtheboxaway
, we are in fact in the driver’s seats. We create our personal realities, aka our personalities. @jimkwik
This is the frightening and scary thought b/c this is when we have no one else to blame. This is when we have to look in the mirror and say “you’re responsible, YOU did this.” And it’s in that very moment, we have two options; we can either decide to i) deal with our demons, heal them, and begin to wrest control of our lives ; or ii) continue pretending to relinquish all control to the universe and be at the whim of it with absolutely no say. Tbh, it doesn’t matter which route you choose, because in the end, you’re still responsible, you’re still to blame. But as @tonyrobbins
says “blame elegantly.” Blame yourself for the mistakes, but also blame yourself for the accomplishments. (Sorry @tonyrobbins
if I butchered that paraphrase.) As for the quote itself, the author uses the theological term “God”, to represent the oneness and connectedness we have to the divine. Tbh, in my humble opinion, you’re welcome to replace that term with..👇🏽