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The Importance Of Personal Responsibility To Success In Life

by Mindvalley April 22, 2019

Being accountable isn’t easy. It requires courage, acceptance, and a realistic view of your life circumstances.

But this is why you need to take a step back and think about your own personal responsibility.

Do you have a tendency to blame others for your actions? Or do you find it difficult to own up to your mistakes?

Learning to take on more personal responsibility can be a real challenge. But it’s a worthwhile effort that can drastically change your life. 

What Are The Steps In Accepting Personal Responsibility?

Personal responsibility means having the strength to make the right choice when faced with a challenge. And this is how you take the driver’s seat of your life and become more accountable.

Step 1

No blaming, no complaining. Blaming others puts you in the position of victim-hood and complaining is just another way to shake off responsibility. Together they disable you from making real changes.

Step 2

Don’t take things personally. Remember, disagreements are not personal attacks. Try and see things objectively and rationally instead of reacting on impulse.

Step 3

There’s great power in being able to make conscious, calculated choices. Always keep your goals in mind and choose your actions accordingly. 

What Is An Example Of A Responsibility?

Responsibility permeates all aspects of your life. It means arriving to work on time, providing for your family, and paying your dues.

However, personal responsibilities often extend beyond yourself.

For example, say you gave your child the task of cleaning the dishes. While this is technically their responsibility, you also have a responsibility to provide your child with the knowledge and tools to do the job right. You’re also responsible for doling out punishment if your child misbehaves or disobeys your request.

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Why is personal responsibility important?

Life presents you with many choices that can influence your goals, achievements, and success. Responsible individuals readily accept the outcome of their choices without holding anybody else accountable.

This allows them to look back at the outcomes, especially if they’re negative, and create a strategy that prevents future mistakes. In addition, personal responsibility gives you a chance to nurture meaningful relationships that are based on trust.

Responsibility is a two-way street. By being responsible, you set a great example for others to follow. And in return, they know what kind of actions you expect from them.

What Are 5 Responsible Behaviors?

There are 5 key elements of responsibility: 

1. Fairness

Like you, others feel entitled to things that are rightfully theirs. Fairness means finding the right balance between your needs and the needs of those around you.

2. Honesty

The ability to face the truth is an important element of responsibility. Always own up to your mistakes and make amends if possible.

3. Compassion/Respect

A responsible person accepts others for who they are. Remember that respect and compassion are reciprocated.

4. Courage

To be responsible is to be brave and stand up for your beliefs and values.

5. Accountability

Accountability shows that you are able to accept the consequences of your actions, decision, and mistakes.

The final takeaway


-Jon Butcher, author of Mindvalley’s Lifebook Quest

Personal responsibility is not something you are born with. It builds as you practice the behaviors that make you more accountable.

But in time, you can learn to take on more personal responsibility to achieve lasting success in your life.

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So, what do you struggle to accept responsibility for in your life? Share your thoughts below.

by Mindvalley
Mindvalley is creating a global school that delivers transformational education for all ages. Powered by community. Fueled by fun. We are dedicated to ensuring that humans live happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives by plugging in the gaps that conventional education failed to teach us. We do this by organising real-world events around the world and producing world-class quality programmes in several areas of transformation, including mind, body, and performance.

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