Mid-Year Mind-Up

Michael Blizman
2 min readMay 11, 2020

You always have at least one choice in any situation you find yourself in, and that is: How will you respond to it?

How you respond will depend on which of these beliefs you hold:

1) Do you believe you are a helpless victim of fate, or

2) Do you respond to your life situation and alter the direction, outcome by choosing what actions you will take and how you will interpret the situation?

If you believe in pure fate, I sincerely wish you the best, and that you will take comfort that the thing you wanted but do not have “was just not in the cards” and you have no responsibility for anything that “happened to you”.

For the rest of us though, I suggest going toward the opposite end of the belief-spectrum and take responsibility for every single aspect of your life.

To quote astronaut, Chris Hadfield, “there is no problem so bad you can’t make it worse.” If you have some certainty about how to respond to a situation, you should follow that through. If you are not sure about how to respond yet, try to leave a little space and get your mind quiet for a few moments. Try to feel what response is best for you. If you do not have clear direction, sometimes it is better to turn the problem over to whatever higher power you believe in until you get some additional guidance. By the way, I believe that the corollary is also true: Every situation can be improved either through action, patience or a different perspective.

Take at least one step each day toward what you want, and never stop developing yourself, owning your decisions, your effort or lack thereof. Stuff happens, we grow and change. Your response to the changes will take you somewhere in life.

You are creating the outcomes of your life, in concert with the events that you cannot directly control.

If you find that you must adjust your direction in life, do it with confidence and faith based on what you are sure about. Changing direction is not failure…it is growth and self-awareness, and it is how we get to our destination.



Michael Blizman

Awakening since 2016. Applying technology since I could read. Self-published first book: https://midlife-awakening.com/