There is always someone else or something else that dictates the outcome.

We can try our hardest to make the result swing in our favorite. We can pull late nights at the office in hopes our boss sees us and recommends us for that next promotion. We try to impress someone we are romantically interested in with small gestures in hopes they see us as impressive and of value. We train for sports harder than everyone. We diet harder.

We try at all costs to get what we want.

But it doesn’t always work how we want it to work. The outcome is dictated by uncontrollable forces. Our boss may see us work hard but still think we aren’t ready. We put our best foot forward with our person of interest only to find that maybe their feelings have changed. We train harder for sports in hopes of making the pros to find that the scouts thinks we are too small, too slow, and not athletic enough.

What we control is the acceptance of the outcome.

Accept that you do not make the final decisions and you will be better off dealing with adversity and challenge. Live with what is and move on to the next challenge.

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  • Mike Liguori

    Chief Creative

    Live Your Truth Media

    I'm an Iraq War veteran, published author, and founder of Live Your Truth Media, a content marketing firm that focuses on powerful storytelling and audience building. My book, The Sandbox Stories of Human Spirit and War chronicled my two combat tours in Iraq and coming home from the war. My writing and thoughts have been featured in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and his personal story has been featured on, The Denver Post, Huff Post Live, and other media publications. For the last ten years, I have had the honor and privilege to work with some of the top brands in the world and some of the most ambitious start-ups you could ever imagine. From copywriting to content creation and strategy, I take the client’s mission and vision into alignment with their audience by creating authentic and meaningful content to drive sales, customer engagement and brand loyalty. My next book, War How I've Missed You, is scheduled to release in 2020.