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Ask Yourself: Who Created That?

Aug 12th 2015
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I took a course years back based on the work of Robert Fritz, a musician and filmmaker-turned-accomplishment guru. In his book, The Path of Least Resistance, he discussed how to employ self-imposed questions to move from where you are to where you want to be. One of the questions that he advised people to ask themselves was: “Who created that?”

Any time of day, for any situation you face, if you ask yourself, “Who created that?” invariably the answer comes back that you did.

Allow me to explain. You are experiencing a stringent deadline and are working diligently, but feel intense pressure. Who created that situation? You did, for many reasons. You started your own accounting firm, or you applied for a job with your present employer. You assumed the post, took on the assignment, allocated available resources in some manner, and now find yourself at 10 a.m. with five hours to go before a vital project is due.

Don't Pass the Blame
You can blame your parents for not passing on the proper genes to you. You can blame your previous employer for having an unpalatable work environment, which prompted you to start your own firm, or seek your present position with a new employer. You could blame others for not introducing the issue hours or days earlier, and you could come up with a dozen other factors as to why you are a victim as opposed to a perpetrator.

When you clear away the rubble, get brutally honest with yourself, and face the music, most of the situations you face are, a majority of the time, your own doing. This is true for nearly everyone.

And what a good proposition that happens to be. Because we are in control, we get to act on what we choose.

About the author:
Jeff Davidson, a.k.a. "The Work-life Balance Expert"® works with busy accountants to increase their work-life balance, so that they can be more productive and competitive, and still have a happy home life. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, and Dial it Down, Live it Up. Visit


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