Last week We had an overview of all six habits of successful people. This week we will focus on the first and most important one.
Take Responsibility for Yourself
The first step towards growing as a leader and as a person is to come to the realization that you are responsible for your own attitude, your own words, and your own actions. Once this becomes a cornerstone of your basic beliefs you can evaluate your shortcomings and make a plan to move forward.
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself, that is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills and take new classes.” – Jim Rohn
6 Helpful Thoughts Regarding Personal Responsibility
- It sets your mind to becoming the best version of yourself – As you develop the habit of assuming responsibility for yourself it keeps your focus on improving yourself as an individual. You will be in a constant state of evaluating your progress and building upon that momentum.
“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” – Henry Ward Beecher
- It focuses your attention on character traits – To properly take responsibility you must spend time in reflective thinking. You should constantly take the time to focus on the traits that make up our personalities. You realize that it is the character of a person that determines their behavior not their environment.
“You build trust with others each time you choose integrity over image, truth over convenience, or honor over personal gain.” – John Maxwell
- It requires action – it is impossible to take responsibility without taking action. The word “take” on its own is a call to action. It’s a call to seize the moment and not wait for chance…to take that first step.
“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- It cements the law of accountability – It is important to understand that every decision comes with a price to pay. You may be free to choose, but you are never exempt from the cost of that decision.
“That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only which gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods.” – Thomas Paine
- It builds your self-confidence – As you take responsibility for your actions your confidence grows with your new-found sense of ownership. As you start to see yourself as a better version of you, the image looking back from the mirror looks better each day.
- It gives you permission to live a better life – As you follow through with the daily practice of lining your current status up with your aspirations you will become more efficient and thus free for advancement. This will allow your to be rewarded by chasing your dreams more actively.
“A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make.” – Denis Waitley