There are only a handful of things more enticing and life-changing than taking 100% responsibility for everything you do. One of the best pieces of life advice I can offer someone is to “take full responsibility for your actions.”
Regardless of what happens, your response is the important part. You may not be able to change the situation, but you can change how you react. No matter the scenario, you create the results.
When something does not go your way, how do you respond? Many people make excuses, blame others or complain about the situation. Rather than doing this, try to take accountability and empower yourself. You cannot wait for change; it will never come. You are the one you are waiting for.
Say no to being the victim. So you lost your job? View it as an opportunity to start a new job, meet new people, and advance yourself professionally. You can be the victim of your terrible experiences, or you can view them as opportunities.
Being responsible for your actions is vital to having a good relationship with not just yourself but with others as well. The moment you take full responsibility for your actions is the day you fully take control of your life.
“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” –John Burroughs
Rather than blaming others or the circumstance, look at what you can do to improve the situation. Blaming may seem like an easy way out, but you will be left powerless. It cannot solve the problem and it will leave you feeling guilty and empty. Taking responsibility for your actions allows you to focus on what went wrong so that you can fix it.
“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” –George Washington Carver
You must give up all excuses in order to take responsibility for your life. Excuses will take away your opportunity to learn from your mistakes. You cannot keep telling yourself things such as “I am too old” or “I’m too busy” and expect a change in your current situation. Excuses won’t make a difference in your life; it is action that will bring results.
“The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: you create a good future by creating a good present.” –Eckhart Tolle
Take responsibility for what you have now- and that is the present. The past is cannot be changed and the future is undetermined. You can’t predict the future, but you can make the most of what you have now to create a better future. Be aware of the thoughts that you are experiencing. Your thoughts always precede your actions, so redirect them if necessary and allow yourself to have the best possible future.
“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” –William Jennings Bryan
No matter the circumstance, you always have a choice…. and yes, not making a choice is indeed a choice. You are free to say yes or no, to take action or let things be, but you are never free from the consequences of that choice. Rather than saying you are poor because you were born into poverty, realize that your current situation can be changed. You can choose to remain poor, or you can work hard to pull yourself out.
“You don’t get 100% results with only 50% commitment.” –Anonymous
If you are going to do something, actually do it! If you make a promise, whether it is to yourself or someone else, follow through with it. This will increase your credibility with yourself and others; people will be able to trust you. With that being said, do not agree to anything unless you are completely sure that you can complete it. Once you have agreed, go 100% in. If you give it your all, it will likely be successful.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” –Oprah Winfrey
Your potential is limited through negative thinking. Switch your perspective to a positive one. This will help you to feel better and perform better. Who do you spend most of your time with? If you find yourself often with toxic people, their negativity will likely spread to you. Surround yourself with supportive people that help put you in a healthy and happy mindset.
“Not too many people could walk a mile in your shoes. Only you know your struggles, challenges, and obstacles; so be proud of how far you have come.” –Edmond Mbiaka
When appropriate, take full responsibility for your accomplishments. While being mindful of other people’s feelings, allow yourself to enjoy your hard work. When someone congratulates you or acknowledges something positive you did, ACCEPT IT. Part of being successful is knowing what you’re good at and using it to your advantage. Find your niche and be a part of it. You may recognize what you are good at by realizing what benefits you and the people around you. If you find value in what you're doing, people will find value in you.
The choices you have made created the person you are today. Be accountable for your past decisions, reevaluate where you are, then take responsibility for the future choices you will make. Be responsible for your shortcomings and take advantage of your strong points. Own up to everything you do.
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Call it intuition, instinct, or a gut feeling: if we followed it, we just might be a lot happier. Intuition is a skill we are all born with, but one we submerge in the business of modern living.