One of the first steps toward doing better today is accepting that you have a choice in every decision you make in life. Understand that any bad karma you create will be by your own doing. We tend to blame other people, or conditions we live in, for our negative acts. But that’s bullshit. No matter where we live, no matter what people are saying or doing around you, you still can make the right choice every time. If someone disses you, you don’t have to dis him or her back. If someone cheats you, that doesn’t give you the right to cheat someone else. If you’re broke, that doesn’t give you the right to steal. There’s never only one way to react to a situation. Your ability to always make a choice can be both a gift and a curse. The gift is that when you respond to a negative situation with positivity you lift that situation up and yourself along with it. The curse is that when you respond to a negative situation with more negativity you just push that situation, and yourself with it, down even further. So when you choose between the positive and negative response, you’re really choosing whether your life will be happy or unhappy. No one else is responsible because only you control your actions. You are your own best friend as well as your own worst enemy.