Nothing can be left to chance. Nothing is simply a matter of fate. Everything is determined by the plans and efforts you make to shape your future, so don’t hesitate to dispose of any and all misconceptions that somehow “life will work itself out.”

Life won’t work itself out because life only responds to those who seek to control it. Yes, there are things outside of your control, but most of what’s happened to you in the past—and most of what you’re presently experiencing—is brought about by the decisions you make. And that is determined by the way you think.

Learn to Hate the Word “Quit”

Wherever ignorance reigns, fatalism ain’t far behind. That’s because the less you know about how something is achieved, the more you think it’s just fate that it happens for other people. It has nothing to do with fate but everything to do with hard work; tireless problem-solving; networking; and endless attempts at success. Eventually, the world will bend to your persistence, so long as you refuse to allow your rebellious mind to convince you to quit because “you think” it’s too hard.

You can’t fight fatalism with “positive thinking,” and you can’t leave it all to chance or some Hollywood concept of fate. You’ve got to shed any and all magical thinking and embrace the reality that ONLY YOU can determine the outcome of your life.

Train your mind to keep perspective while holding before your mind’s eye the massive reward that comes if you’re persistent. Your physical body can do the work, so we know the problem is not there. Your mind will quit long before your body, so focus all your cannons on that hill. Get your head together and learn to hate the word “quit.”

The Breakdown

  1. Nothing can be left to chance. Nothing is simply a matter of fate. Everything is determined by the plans and efforts you make to shape your future.
  2. Most of what’s happened to you in the past—and most of what you’re presently experiencing—is brought about by the decisions you make. And that is determined by the way you think.
  3. The less you know about how something is achieved, the more you think it’s just fate that it happens for other people.
  4. You’ve got to shed any and all magical thinking and embrace the reality that ONLY YOU can determine the outcome of your life.
  5. The world will bend to your persistence, so long as you refuse to allow your rebellious mind to convince you to quit

Is there an area of your life that you’re leaving to chance? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    6 replies to "Life Won’t Work Itself Out"

    • DJ Eshelman

      I love this. A similar concept I’ve been hearing lately that I’m really liking and adding to my repertoire is “You will not rise to the occasion. You will perform at your level of preparedness.” This ties in here- you can either be a victim of what is to come, or be prepared for it by the constant renewing of your mind and working on the most useful muscle you have- your brain. m/

    • Robert

      This is a great post…I’m amazed how often I start with the magical thinking…there’s got to be short cut, etc. CJ., can you talk more about what you mean by “rebellious mind”…do you mind the subconscious brain? Reptilian Brain?

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Very good! Thanks for sharing, DJ.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      I mean a mind that will not subject itself to your better desires. It’s a mind that just runs wild without discipline or control.

    • Ann Sulaiman

      Can I talk about this privately?

    • C. J.

      Ann, I do private coaching, but there’s an hourly fee for that. http://metalmotivation.com/coaching/

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