Well, there’s the proverbial good news and bad news to this. The good news is that you need to accept responsibility for your actions whether they’re social, personal, or in business. The bad news is that what you got away with when you were very small no longer counts.
Responsibility-the utter thought makes you shiver up from toes to your the tip of your hair roots? Why is that? Shouldn’t one take responsibility for their actions, speech, and behavior? Haven’t your learned anything since you graduated from college? No? It’s time for a Responsibility Breather.
- Repeat after me. I will take responsibility for any and all actions performed at work, at home, or out on the road. That means whatever happens you’re going to step up to the plate and gracious exclaim: “Yeah, I did that.”
- That means when you do a hit an object in the road, you stop the car, get out and investigate. Then phone the police that you hit someone or something–like a deer, goose, or dog. It becomes a crime when you don’t stop or report it.
- That means you don’t steal from the company paper clips, rubber bands, staplers and laptops. Those items are the property of the company. They bought it with their money. It belongs to them. I know it’s tempting. But, don’t do it. And if you accept responsibility for it and own up to your boss or supervisor.
- If you tell a lie, for whatever the reason, own up to it immediately. The sugar is telling the truth that will make the hurt go away faster. You don’t want that lie to fester and become infected with more lies.
- When you forgot to go to the store for milk or eggs or even flowers for an Anniversary, don’t fudge and say you forgot. Of course, you didn’t forget. It just skipped your mind because it wasn’t important enough for you to remember. Right? So, man it up. Women it up. Confront your nemesis and tell them why you really didn’t want to stop. It will keep the nasal passages clearer.
- Do the right thing at the wrong time. Admit it. It was your responsibility for that big project. You didn’t check the numbers. You thought they were good enough. You didn’t check the writing. You didn’t have time to proof it. Oh yes, we can always come up with a good excuse. At the same time stand up and admit, It’s your responsibility to see that project through; escort your brother to the dentist; take your mother to the dog pound. Whatever it is, take responsibility for it–even if you still get into trouble.
- The first step in becoming an adult is taking responsibility for your actions. Remember that and you’re on your way to a better life.