The Ultimate Example Of Living Your Life Above The Line


You alone choose your destiny

The first part of this article is something that has been mentioned again at one of my Advanced Business Mentoring Group Sessions, so I thought I’d share it with you and add a couple of real life examples.

I don’t know the original source, but the concept is a simple one that could have been drafted by a number of people.

Above  =                               Take Responsibility

Below =                                    Lay Blame/Justify


People who live their life above the line accept the principle that they are responsible for their own life and will therefore shape their own destiny.

People who live their life below the line prefer to blame everyone else for everything that goes wrong and therefore absolve themselves from the responsibility of having to take any action to change or improve things.



A powerful book

This reminded me of a tremendously inspirational book that I read a while ago, called “Man’s Search for Meaning” by an internationally renowned psychiatrist, Dr Victor E Frankl.

It is a very moving account of a man who endured years of suffering in a Nazi Concentration Camp in World War 2 and ultimately triumphantly survived, as a result of his attitude.

He asked himself why some people seemed to just give up and die, while others coped with incredible pain, yet they lived.

In a nutshell, he concluded that the ones who lived focused on what they would do after this hell had finally finished and the War was over. They instilled in themselves a belief in their own future and gave themselves a reason to live.


Dr. Victor Frankl

No matter how much his oppressors tried to depersonalize his soul, Frankl referred to “the last of human freedoms”, something his captors could never take away unless he let them, even though all of the familiar goals were snatched away…

…You alone retain the ability and the power to “choose one’s (your) attitude in a given set of circumstances”.

This theory was further supported by the US servicemen who survived being captured and tortured by the enemy in the Vietnam conflict. The survivors refused to let their current circumstances make them live below the line and give up on their dreams.



Recharge your Spirit!

You don’t need to be captured though to realize this. Why not take a really good vacation instead?

Recharge your spirit and review your goals. Take responsibility, live above the line and have some fun.

Until next time, “Make Good Things Happen!”

About Tony Inman

If you are looking for a coach, mentor or consultant to help you strategise the way you want your life to be and to build your business or develop your career to achieve that vision, then Tony Inman is the man to call.
With over 34 years management experience in numerous companies in Europe and Australia, including many of his own businesses, Tony has coached thousands of staff and hundreds of business owners and executives to set new goals, overcome obstacles or limiting beliefs and create and achieve new dreams.
Today Tony is a published author and presenter on the topics of personal and business growth. He is an incorrigible entrepreneur as well as a business and lifestyle coach, consultant and mentor.

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