YourMondayMotivator – Responsibility

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  • October 17, 2005

Each is responsible for his own actions. H. L. Hunt

 

Do you take “responsibility” for your actions or play the Blame Game?  Something serious is happening in New Zealand and the World;  personal ethics are being abandoned to justify end results with the facade of personal accomplishment.

Are we getting to the point where we can drive off from McDonald’s with a cup of coffee held between our knees, then sue them (and win), when we spill it on ourselves.  What about smoking for 40 years, ignore the health warnings and then sue the tobacco company when we are diagnosed with emphysema.

Choose to do whatever you want, no worries, someone else can be hit with the consequences.

Laura Compton (Chronicle Magazine) writes, “The world seems to reward people who excel at shortcuts, resume inflation and other nefarious ways of getting ahead. . . Sometimes it seems like ethics are only for suckers.”

It has seemed like this to me in NZ sometimes.  We must become actively ethical, taking responsibility for our own choices, and demanding personal responsibility from others.

In order to accept personal responsibility you need to develop the ability to:

  • Seek out and to accept help for yourself.
  • Be open to new ideas or concepts about life and the human condition.
  • Refute irrational beliefs and overcome fears.
  • Affirm yourself positively.
  • Recognize that you are the sole determinant of the choices you make.
  • Recognize that you choose your responses to the people, actions, and events in your life.
  • Let go of anger, fear, blame, mistrust, and insecurity.
  • Take risks and become vulnerable to change and growth in your life.
  • Take off the masks of behaviour characteristics behind which you hide low self-esteem.
  • Reorganize your priorities and goals.
  • Realize that you are the party in charge of the direction your life takes.

Before you make a choice this week, THINK, am I taking responsibility or playing the blame game.

Have a successful week.

P.S. Thanks to Chris Shipley and Coping.org