The Power Of Flow!

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In his book, “Success Principles,” Jack Canfield shares a story about working with W. Clement Stone, a self-made millionaire worth $600 million in 1969.

He tells how Mr. Stone pulled him aside one day and asked him if he took 100% responsibility for his life. Jack stutters, “I think so.”

Stone replies, “This is a yes or no question, you either do or you don’t.” Jack goes on to assure him that he does indeed take responsibility for his life.

Stone asks: “Have you ever blamed anyone for any circumstance in your life? Have you ever complained about anything?” Jack admits he has.

Stone then goes on to explain: “That means you don’t take 100% responsibility for your life. Taking 100% responsibility means you acknowledge that you create everything that happens to you. It means you understand that you are the cause of all your experience.

If you want to be really successful, then you will have to give up blaming and complaining and take total responsibility for your life – that means all your results, both your successes and your failures. That is the prerequisite for creating a life of success. It is only by acknowledging that you have created everything up until now that you can take charge of creating the future you want.”

So when you flow with the experience of life and accept 100% responsibility, you are using the two most powerful forces in the world… Appreciation and Gratitude.

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21 Replies to “The Power Of Flow!”

  1. Ken, I'm in almost total agreement with you. But there are still some circumstances that prevent some from fully reaching the potential. Economic factors, gender and racial equality issues. But overall it is a person's responsibility to play the cards dealt to them to their fullest benefit – and even cheat a little at the game to overcome obstacles.

  2. It is funny how many people and some times including me still don't get it. People still tend to blame others for the mistakes they make but often claims credit for the good deeds of others. Is this hindsight bias? are we naturally burdened with this and some great folks who are able to neutralize this attitude turn out to Multi Millionaires like W. Clementstone?

  3. A very clever comparison mark, just like echo, sound comes back when it bounces on something. What we do in live comes back to us when it touches others. When we do good, we are rewarded when we do bad. We are assholes!

  4. Great Post!

    Although I doubt that any one in this world – save of course those who died before they learn how to blame – has ever lived their life without blaming others at some point. What is important with this thought is that once someone realizes that he alone is the sole responsible for his own actions then he can guide himself away from the fruitless habit of blaming others in times of failure and focus his energy into determining why failed and what can he do about it in the future.

    1. Very insightful Arnold, you certainly got this right.

      We are all guilty of fruitless habits like blaming others.

      We need to focus on the true source of the problem.

      This always comes home, where it belongs.

      Ken Pringle

    2. One bad consequence of not taking full responsibility of our actions is that when your make mistakes and you don’t consider it yours then you’ll be missing the chance to correct yourself and improve. Ken is right, Very insightful Arnold.

      Another thing is, when we are aware of our responsibilities, to ourselves, to the people around us, etc we tend to be more cautious and we tend to make sure we do things right the first time.

  5. Great post! And the tie in with the beautiful waterfall and the flow of life is fantastic.

    It can feel a bit overwhelming at times to accept 100% responsibility but I remember one of my favorite teachers suggested starting with 30 days of gratitude and each day adding one more item.

    Much appreciation Ken Hammond for this powerful perspective on life!

    All the best,

    V Clark

    1. You Rock V! Thanks for sharing…

      You are so right about Gratitude, it's one of the most
      productive habits we can do every day.

      Thanks!

    2. Starting each day with gratitude is a great practice. When you give gratitude, you will receive things to be grateful for. Sometimes we just forget to say "thank you", even for the small stuff.

  6. Ken,

    I worked for W.Clements Stone's company when I was 22 years old with Combined Insurance. I can assure you that even then the "presence" of Mr. Stone was felt and his philosophies were carried out in the field. I learned a lot working there.

    I do believe that when you live your life with Appreciation and Gratitude that there is little room for playing the "blame game." Thanks for the post! Loved the story.

    Aleta

  7. Ken,

    Great post. Great info, thanks.

    We all need reminders now and then.

    You enjoy … Oh! I see you are enjoying.

    Talk soon my friend.

    I just love W. Clement Stone.

    I believe he is right on.

    We as people tend to blame others or

    other circumstances for our present position

    in life. We are our own circumstance creator.

    Ken

    1. Omg you're both Ken! lol, really, Ken you should be the next Steven R. Covey or some sort of John Maxwell or yes W. Clement Stone a combination of the three. Man you're amazing! Keep these quality posts coming!

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