I had a conversation with a young lady who was having a problem with one of her applications.
The program was functioning, but she was looking for a particular option.
Instead of attempting to look for the problem herself,
she justified her calls for assistance the following statement.
“We are not responsible for solving our own problems”.
Does this sound ridiculous to anyone else?
I couldn’t understand how somebody could bring themselves to say that.
She was NOT looking for help with her problem,
she was looking for somebody else to solve her problem without any effort on her part.
It made me examine other situations in which people
make every effort to avoid responsibility.
Though it is not limited to the workplace,
we see many examples of it through business relationships.
Take responsibility for your failures
Absolutely no one has a problem with taking responsibility for their success.
When failure comes around however, everyone else is to blame.
It is not a pleasant thought that your actions have directly lead to your misfortune.
The fact that it is not pleasant doesn’t make it any less true.
Circumstances and the outside interference of other individuals
may indeed play a part in many undesirable situations.
These situations (and people) only have the ability to influence the outcome
of your actions (or inaction) but they cannot shoulder all the blame.
Acceptance of this allows you to analyze what you did wrong,
make corrective movements and move on from the issue.
If you believe however, that you have done everything right,
you are inclined to change nothing,and fail to learn from the incident.
Take responsibility for progress
Act or take charge of a situation before others do.
People will often know what needs to be done and pretend they don’t,
just to avoid responsibility for the task.
Taking the initiative may put the responsibility for, not only the idea,
but the execution, completion, praise or blame at your feet.
It is important that you are prepared.
Most people would like to avoid having this much weight attached to their actions.
A formal group (like a business) will have a definite leader appointed and as such,
it is expected that this person do what needs to be done without prompt.
That does not mean the the other members cannot step up.
Showing initiative while in a lesser position could well be what gets you to a better place.
Take responsibility for your life
People will often use any excuse to sit still and get the benefits of hard work.
You have full power over your own life.
This means that the responsibility of making your own life whatever you want it to be.
If you do not take this responsibility seriously,
you should not expect someone else to pick up your slack.
Do not wait for anything to be handed to you, it will never happen.
Seize the power over your life by showing that you are capable
of taking responsibility for tasks that will lead to a better future.
My name is Brett Cruickshank and I want success in life.
I am willing to step out of my comfort zone to do it.
If you never choose to lead,
how can you be upset that you always follow?
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