As a society, we are quick to attribute skills and success to natural talent or opportunities given to us. For example, we might say that a successful athlete was “born with a gift” or that a wealthy businessperson “came from a family of privilege.” While there is no denying that some people do have advantages that others do not, this way of thinking can diminish the role that hard work and individual efforts play in achieving success. The truth is, that meeting any goal requires dedication and perseverance, even if you do have a natural aptitude for it. Just think about all of the people born into less-than-ideal circumstances but still managed to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams.It is often said that success is hard work and dedication. While these things are undoubtedly important, the reality is that our success is ultimately our responsibility. No one else can make the decisions that will determine our future; it is up to us to make the most of our talents and opportunities. This may seem daunting, but it is very empowering. When we take responsibility for our lives, we gain control over our destiny. We can decide what kind of person we want to be and what kind of life we want to lead. But, of course, taking responsibility requires us to be mindful of our habits and choices. We need to be diligent in our efforts and proactive in our approach. But if we are willing to put in the work, the rewards will be more than worth it. So remember: the bottom line is that your success is ultimately your responsibility. Make the most of your talents and opportunities, and you will achieve great things.Remember, we are what we believe. Our beliefs shape our actions which create our results. If we want to change our results, we must first change our efforts. And to change our actions, we must first change our beliefs. This is the process of creating new habits.When it comes to creating new habits, there are two essential types of beliefs: what you believe about yourself and what you believe is possible. Our beliefs about ourselves shape our identity. They determine who we think we are–our limitations, abilities, and potential. Our thoughts about what is possible shape our expectations. They set the bar for what we believe we can achieve.To create new habits, we must first change our beliefs about ourselves and what is possible. Then, we must become open to new possibilities and raise our expectations. Only then will our daily habits begin to change, and only then will our results start to change.If you want to change your habits, start by changing your beliefs. It all starts with what you think is possible.