Everyday Alchemy: Discover the Extraordinary in Every Moment

Alchemy:(n.) The power or process of transforming something common into something extraordinary. Hi! I'm Sarah Robinson, Business Coach and Resident Alchemist. Welcome to my Blog. My mission is to bring the powerful magic of Everyday Alchemy into the daily lives of Life Adventurers everywhere (especially those with an entrepenurial bent!). Let me know how this resonates with you-I am fascinated! Email me: sarah@everydayalchemy.com. Visit my website at http://www.everydayalchemy.com/

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Essential Element # 1: Accept Responsibility, or Not.

Accepting responsibility is a tough gig for two reasons 1) Our culture practically insists that whatever is wrong in our lives must be someone else's fault and 2) There are lots of people, places and things in our lives that we think we are responsible for (some even insist that we are responsible for) that we are actually not. It's a Catch-22 in a way. So, the challenge is discerning the difference. We are responsible for our own lives-no matter what has happened to us in the past, no matter how bad our current situation-we are responsible for where we are now and where we want to go. We are not responsible for other people's lives-our ex-spouse's bad mood, our grown child's inability to keep a job, our boss's napolean complex. When we give up responsibility for them, we give up trying to control them. This means we stop behaving in a way that attempts to manipulate them into responding the way we want them to. I am in the midst of writing a mini e-course on this whole idea. What would be helpful to include that makes discerning the difference between Accepting Responsibility, or Not clearer?

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