Make Things Happen


“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.” (Dr. Albert Ellis)

Make-things-happen 2This statement illustrates the first principle of MAXIMIZERS:  Make Things Happen

To live well, a person needs to assume responsibility for his own life and be prepared to change when necessary.  We need to resist the temptation to view ourselves as victims.  We need to stop blaming others, God or our circumstances for our own lack of growth or problems.

MAXIMIZERS suggests two ideas to improve in this area:

1.Be proactive, not reactive.  Read and study the following passages to see what the Scripture teaches us about taking responsibility for our own lives:

2.Be disciplined.  We make things happen when we are disciplined.  Richard Taylor in his book, The Disciplined Life defines self-discipline as: the ability to regulate conduct by principle and judgment rather than impulse, desire, high pressure or social custom.

Look up the following passages to see what role disciplines plays in life.

Reflection Questions:

How do you view your self?  As a victim or as a conqueror?  When things go wrong, how do you respond?  Do you tend to blame others or take responsibility for the situation?

What are traits of people who fail poorly?

What might be one thing you could do to improve your work habits?

What is one new habit you could begin to develop today?  Who could help keep you accountable?


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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with Cru with my wife, Terry. We have been married 30 years and have 4 grown children. We have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right side bar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit: sarahjoellephotography.com
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4 Responses to Make Things Happen

  1. grisdeluna says:

    Aprendí que mi vida será mejor si tomo el control de ella, si soy disciplinada y proactiva. Tres verdaderos retos!
    Muy bueno! Gracias por compartir!

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