100% Responsibility with Zero Excuses
It started with Adam and Eve in the garden and will continue as long as the earth spins around the sun. Can you guess what it is? It often happens when we make a mistake or are faulted in some way. It's often how we respond to hard situations. Still no guesses? Okay, let me tell you.
It's called blame. Yep. It's how we all instinctively react when we feel cornered, attacked, or defeated. In the garden, Adam blamed Eve for giving him the fruit and then Eve blamed the snake for tricking her into tasting the fruit. Today, we are quick to blame our circumstances, a person who wronged us in the past, a busy schedule, a lack of talent... The list goes on. But is this the right way to handle our situation?
You alone are responsible for how you handle the outcome of any given situation. It's all about taking one hundred percent responsibility without making any excuses. I'm going to give you three different scenarios and show you how to take responsibility and take control of your reactions and turn them into positive actions.
1. When we've messed up
It happens to us all. We are human. We are going to make mistakes. We are going to fail. It's just a part of life. But how you respond makes all the difference.
When you make a mistake or wrong someone:
When "it's not our fault"
Yes, sometimes whatever we are going through is not our fault. Some circumstances are outside our control. However, while we don't always have control over what happens to us, we always have control over how we react.
When you feel wronged or set up, take responsibility by:
When we're too busy
This excuse continues to be the popular trend. "You don't know what my schedule is like." "I couldn't get it done because I had too much else going on." "I don't get to stay home like other moms. I have a career to juggle too." While all of these excuses may be true, they don't take away your responsibility. If you decide to do something, give it your all. Practice time management and respect your commitments to other people.
When you feel too busy, take responsibility by:
Whatever situation arises, handle the circumstance with grace and a smile. We get frustrated when others pass the blame and shy away from taking responsibility, so hold yourself accountable to the same standard you expect from others. I know I'm guilty of passing blame at times and it's a habit I'm going to kick to the curb. What about you?