Being 100% responsible for your life is something that most people tend to overlook. They feel they must accept the circumstances that life throws their way. This is the farthest thing from the truth. One definition of responsibility I like is being responsibility for your life, for your feelings and for every result you get.
It seems that popular culture loves to dodge responsibility. However, the exact moment you choose to take 100% responsibility for your life is the moment you take back control your life and claim the personal power you’ve always had.
Taking 100% responsibility can bring a sense of confidence and calmness to your life. Knowing that you are responsible for the results you get will cause you to stop making excuses when things don’t go the way you expected. Instead of seeing your results as a failure, consider it a success. All outcomes are successful; it may not be the outcome you wanted. And the beauty of this is you’ve got personal evidence of what will and won’t work. This saves you precious time because you learn from your results and you don’t repeat the same actions next time.
As you become responsible for your life, it will cause you to see that everything in life has a price and you must pay it. If you’re honest with yourself, you may find you don’t really want to pay the price. However, you either pay in one way or the other; you pay the price with the pain of self-discipline, which can feel like pounds today. Or, you can pay with the pain of regret, which can feel like tons in the future. This is totally up to you.
When you choose to be responsible for your life, you also give up playing the blame game. How often do you consciously or unconsciously blame someone for what you don’t get? Perhaps you blame your employer, an organization, the government, the economy, your circumstances, or the good old standby; your parents.
If you’ve blamed others or yourself for less than desirable circumstances in your life today, choose to break this type of behavior. Accept and forgive yourself and others for what happened to you in the past. Resolve to move forward.
As you create your personal definition of responsibility, you’ll discover that making the choice to be accountable for your life will give you the personal power to be do or have what you want and to live your life by design and not by default.