Why is taking personal responsibility such a big deal?

I have discovered that being responsible generates self-esteem. This world needs more participants and not more passengers. Active responsible people get things done. They are not dependent on society to look after them nor do they expect handouts. Here’s a big question: Consider it carefully and be honest; Are you just hoping it will all work out? Maybe you are waiting for someone to bring your ship in. Perhaps,if you are like a lot of people,you failed to send your ship out in the first place.

Sir Winston Churchill,Prime Minister,and author said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

Personal responsibility is being able to take care of one’s well-being without expecting or blaming others to do it for you. By working on your own character and skill development rather than blaming others for situations and circumstances, you are definitely taking personal responsibility. It moves from the inward to the outward.

Arthur Pine, author of Your Family Business said, “People are not born optimists or pessimist, it’s the attitude they assume that forms their outlook.” You are the one who makes that decision and each time you make a responsible decision,you become a more responsible person. Successful people take actions for their attitude. They show response-ability ,the ability to choose a correct response no matter what situation they face. Responsibility is always a choice and only you can make it. If being responsible has not been one of your strenghts,then start small. You cannot start from any place than where you are.”

We live in a culture that overvalues talent and undervalues responsibility. What turned kids into productive citizens and troublemakers into leaders? Responsibility!

Sometimes,taking personal responsibility may mean shifting the focus away from you and becoming aware that other lives depend on you. Having the intention to be responsible is enough,your actions need to come through.

People who think others are responsible for their situation assign the blame to various individuals,institutions, or entities. Some fault the society or the “times” Some point at the system or the “man”

Writer,Ben Ames William’s observed, “Life is the acceptance of responsibilities or their evasion; it is the business of meeting obligations or avoiding them. To every man,the choice is continually being offered,and by the manner of his choosing, you may fairly measure them.”

Personal responsibility is often the last choice people desire to make. The result is “flabby” talent that fails to perform and never realizes its potential. How sad for the person who fails to take responsibility,how sad for others.

Author and Editor,Micheal Korda once said, “Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility.”

President Theodore Roosevelt put it’s this way, “Do what you can with what you have,where you are.” That’s all any of us can do. Do not look for others to blame. Just focus on the present and do your best. And if you make a mistake or fail,find whatever fault you can inside yourself and try to do better the next time.”

Here are ways you can own up:

  • Worry less about the future; take charge of what is happening now: Many times,we fail to accept the opportunities,challenges that the present moment brings,instead, we force ourselves to believe for a better and greater opportunities and so,we miss out on the benefits that lies within. Being responsible says that,this present moment is yours,so seize and maximize it.
  • Believe and honour your capabilities: Believing in what you can do is the ultimate key to living a worthy life. When you need to be responsible for your life,then shift your gaze from others and honour what you have inside.
  • Take action: Setting priorities or goals is key,having lofty expectations is a beautiful experience but do you know that action is needed for the actualization of all you ever set to do or achieve in life? Quit being a mediocre and start somehow. Little drops of water makes a mighty ocean.
  • Look within for the answers of life: Of course there are distractions everywhere and even those close to you can be source of distractions. But when you have to choose between looking up to people for answers to looking up to you for whatsoever you need,the latter should be considered. This is because owning up requires you to be self-reliant.

Remember,you are not responsible for what happened with your past,but you are with what happened with the future.

You must begin to take responsibility for your thoughts,choices,and reactions. Then can you be responsible for the circumstances you create in your world.

You can control your ability to design your life and your philosophies. A philosophy of personal responsibility allows you to live from an inner core of integrity bringing a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Television Host, Oprah Winfrey once said, “My philosophy is that,not only are you responsible for your life,but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

When people respond to a call for responsibility by giving their best,good things happen.

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