Taking Personal Responsibility

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.

Jim Rohn, America’s foremost business philosopher

Taking 100% responsibility means you control your life. You, no one and nothing else.

In an earlier post, I talked about setting goals to help you live the life you have imagined for yourself. In order to reach those goals, it is necessary to take 100% responsibility for the events in your life.

Let’s say you’re a business owner and an employee makes a mistake. In the past your reaction may have been to become irritated at the employee. But what does that accomplish or change? Not much. It’s much more effective to identify the role you played and take responsibility.

Here are some possible ways to create an effective response to the situation:

  1. Meet with the employee and explain what the problem is and show a more effective way to do the procedure so this doesn’t happen again
  2. As a business owner, realize it is your respondsibility that your employees get it right.  Examine the procedure, policy, training or system which you set in place and make sure there are no holes or gaps in it
  3. Devise a method that helps your employee be successful

As important as it is to take personal responsibility when something goes wrong – it is just as important to take personal responsibility when something goes right. When someone compliments you on a job well done, a simple ‘thank you’ is a wonderful way to take personal responsibility in that situation.

Stop getting irritated or frustrated at people or situations in your life. Try taking 100% responsibility and you will find your life and the people in it are incredibly awesome and perfect!

Wishing your joy & happiness,

Dawn Cobb

Solid Gold Northland
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