Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Your New Birthday


 Excerpt from Danny's best selling book, There Are No Limits

“Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something! Don’t just stand there—make something happen.”
—Lee Iacocca
This is it—the moment you’ve been waiting for—your moment of glory. Your opportunity to put into action everything you’ve learned thus far in your life—and what you’re about to learn in this guide to a “no limits” life.
We make a pretty big deal about the birthdays we find on our birth certificates. Those birthdays are good reasons for a party—but they’re not the best reasons to celebrate. When you think about it, what did you really do to deserve a birthday party? You were born—you showed up! That’s about it. You should really be throwing a party for your mother on that day, if you ask me!
Actually, I think each of us needs to pick a second birthday—to mark the day when we committed ourselves, consciously and completely, to becoming the best person we’re capable of being, to developing our vast undeveloped potential. By the end of this book, I believe you’ll be ready to make that special commitment.
When someone writes your biography, that person may have to devote one whole chapter to the day you decided, with full conviction, to take personal responsibility for developing all of your remaining
potential. In my seminars, I encourage the people I’m training to write a declaration of personal responsibility, a special personalized document that marks the decision to take control of one’s life.
Here’s my declaration. May I suggest that you write your own?

Declaration of Personal Responsibility

by Danny Cox
I currently possess everything I’ve truly wanted and deserved. This is based on what I have handed out to date. My possessions, my savings, and my lifestyle are an exact mirror of me, my efforts, and my contribution to society. What I give, I get. If I am unhappy with what I have received it is because, as yet, I have not paid the required price. I have lingered too long in the “quibbling stage.”
I fully understand that time becomes a burden to me only when it is empty. The past is mine and at this very moment I am purchasing another twenty-four hours of it. The future quickly becomes the past at a control point called the present moment. I not only truly live at that point, but I have full responsibility for the highest and best of the irreplaceable now.
I accept full responsibility for both the successes and failures in my life. If I am not what I desire to be at this point, what I am is my compromise. I no longer choose to compromise with my undeveloped potential.
I am the sum total of the choices I have made, and I continue to choose daily. What I now put under close scrutiny is the value of each upcoming choice. Therein lies the quality of my future life style.
Will my future belong to the “old me” or the “new me?” The answer depends on my attitude toward personal growth at this very moment. What time is left is all that counts, and that remaining time is my
responsibility. With a newfound maturity, I accept full responsibility for how good I can become at what is most important to me.

With personal growth comes a fear of the unknown and new problems. Those problems are nothing more than the increasing shadow of my personal growth. I now turn my very real fear, with God’s help, into a very real adventure.
My life now expands to meet my newfound destiny. “Old me,” meet the “new me!”
Immediate Action: Describe your life 10 years from now. That’s 3,650 days. Will they be 3,650 “reruns”—or will they be 3,650 days of purpose, adventure, and growth? How much joy will you be experiencing compared to right now? What form will that joy take? (Note: Expect your answers to change by the time you finish this book.)
Point to Ponder Before You Go On: “When what you’ve done in the past looks large to you, you haven’t done much today.”—Elbert Hubbard, American author of (among many other inspirational books) A Message to Garcia, one of the biggest-selling volumes of all time.