“An act but unfair
A condemnation for guilt
Acceptance of fate
No transfer of aggression
Life goes on for better
An act but fair
A reward for innocence
Acceptance of goodwill
Transfer of joy
Still life goes on for the best.”
“In all I accept because it’s my responsibility. I would have denied it because I had every opportunity to have done that. Whatever one sows, is what he/she shall reap. If I’d sown, then whatever the produce, is as a result of my action. Therefore, my action (direct or indirect) is my responsibility.” _Unknown
Action according to dictionary.com is an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity. While responsibility is the state or fact of being answerable or accountable for something within ones power, control or management. We are responsible for all our actions be it direct or indirect. Our deliberate or unintentional thoughts and behaviour. Any responsible person makes mistakes, but when they do, they take responsibility and make it right. Responsibility is the hallmark of a fully functioning human being. It goes hand in hand with success, achievement, motivation, happiness and self-actualization. Responsibility is a requirement for the accomplishment of everything.
One biggest problem I see is that no one wants to or be seen fail. However, we tend to set for ourselves goal but at the same time we create “plan B” we can use so that if we don’t succeed, we can blame something or someone else. Taking responsibility for our actions equals success and rids us of negative personality traits. Everything that exists in your life exists because of your behaviour, words and actions.
“Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.” _Joseph Campbell
Until you accept responsibility for your actions or failures, it will be very difficult for you to develop self-respect or even have the respect of others. You’re not the first person nor the last to fail in your actions. There are times when we all look the other way when we know the right thing to do is to take helpful action. Failing to accept personal responsibility may work to your advantage on occasion or in the short-term. Accepting responsibility is one of the most important factor in defining a person’s true character. Whatever you do or don’t do in such cases is an indication of the type of person you truly are. You have the choice to define your responsibility.
“Responsibility is not inherited, it’s a choice that everyone needs to make at some point in their life.” _Byron Pulsifer
Most young people sometimes don’t see the long-term effects of their behaviour. But avoid the mistake of not accepting responsibility for your actions (directly or indirectly). You are responsible for your life. Stop blaming someone else for your flaws. Remember your life is 100% your responsibility. So do whatever you want and be ready to accept the responsibilities of your choices. Don’t be scared of responsibility.
“There’s only one person responsible for the quality of your life. That person is YOU.” _Jack Canfield
Seven Signs That You Take Responsibility For Life by coachingpositiveperformance.com
If you want to know whether you take responsibility for your life, read the following 7 points and ask yourself honestly ‘Do I apply this principle?’
1. Knowing who you want to be
2. Knowing what you want
3. Not blaming others
4. Not blaming yourself
5. Being honest with yourself
6. Recognizing that you benefit from the Status quo
7. Knowing you have a choice
Accepting responsibility pays more long-term dividends, frees the mind and heart and makes you gain the respect of others around you thus providing value to your life. Though your background might have influenced who you are but it’s your responsibility for who you’d want to become.
“Only you have the power to change your life.” _Juan Guerra
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