This step, Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life, is the step most people are not even aware they are not living. It's analogous to being locked in jail unaware the key to freedom can be found somewhere in the cell with you.

One of the greatest myths many people believe today is that we are entitled to a great life and that, and that somehow, somewhere; someone is responsible for filling our lives with continual happiness, exciting career options, nurturing families and rewarding personal relationships simply because we exist. But the real truth is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live - that person is you.

The bottom line is we are responsible for our actions. There is no master blueprint for your life, no grand destiny, and no pre-determined circumstances that will dictate or shape our lives. Yes, the Universe will give you what you ask for, but you have to ask for it first. The Universe is not on autopilot just doling out happiness, success, etc. You must make the choice to ask. You are the only one responsible for telling the Universe what you want.

Even though this step may seem frustrating for some, it is liberating for others. For those of you who have not had good fortune or have not been awarded the amenities in your life you had hoped for, please know you can take responsibility, right now, and move your life forward to the place you desire. Meaning, if you don’t like where you are, then you are the one responsible for changing where you are, no one else.

Our lives are revealed to us by the choices we make. If you take an honest look, and honest assessment of where you are with your quality of life you will find you have put yourself right where you are. If you have a great marriage then you made the right choice in a spouse and you make the right choices every day to nurture and grow the relationship. If you are broke, incurring a mountain of debt and living paycheck-to-paycheck, then look around, how did you really get to the place you are now? The answer, then, is to begin making different choices and understand you own these choices and you are responsibility for the outcomes.

Freedom does indeed come with a price. To be able to pay the price, you must stop blaming others for the condition and quality of your life. No one is doing any thing to you that you are not allowing them to do. This may sound harsh and callous, but actually it’s the key. Rather than being locked up in a small, confining, and unfulfilling jail cell, look around for the key. You are responsible for finding it. You are responsible for unlocking the door. You are responsible for walking through the door that has held you back for so long. You are responsible for creating the life you want. And what a beautiful life that will be.

Author's Bio: 

Alex Blackwell is the author of The Next 45 Years - a website dedicated to sharing and creating happiness, life balance and success for the rest of our lives. To read more inspirational stories and articles, please visit: http://www.thenext45years.blogspot.com