"You are where you are because of who you are. If you want to be somewhere else, you're going to have to change something." ~ Eric Thomas
All too often we seek to find ways that validate our beliefs, actions, and our behaviors, mainly to somehow avert our level of responsibility to a given situation. After we have encountered challenges with co-workers, family, friends, or simple acquaintances, we find ourselves on the soapbox of proving we are right. Yet, if we would ask ourselves "How did I contribute to this?", we discover the most powerful growth tool...self-awareness. While the outcome may not be any fault of our own, there is still some bearing of responsibility each of us have to the circumstance...Perhaps you thought you could trust them more than you should have, perhaps you mis-judged their interest or concern about something, perhaps you mis-calculated the timing, or perhaps you have to recognize the other person simply was not who you thought they were. It is only when we take the time to self-reflect these situations and identify our role in the outcome can we put the circumstance into perspective, grow from it, and let that learning guide our future interactions.