How To Learn To Take Responsibility

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Post written by Daniel Adetunji.

Responsibility is the ability to respond and act accordingly.

You must understand that leadership is responsibility.

Often times, most folks want to attain a high position in their job or life, but they are not ready to take the responsibility that comes with it.

Promotion comes with responsibility. If you don’t want to pay the price that comes with promotion, then don’t dream to be promoted.

”Ability” in the above context does not refer to authority or energy. Ok, let me explain so you understand what I’m saying.

Let’s say you come into your room or office and you notice a painting that was supposed to be hanging on the wall slumped; take immediate action to reposition it rightly.

If you walk away ignoring the dissonance, it means you’re not showing any sign of responsibility. If you have this ” I don’t care” attitude, stop it because it won’t take you anywhere.

Don’t delay your promotion with your lackadaisical attitude. Put it off. Embrace humility. Take up responsibilities. I mean, take up responsibilities even when you’re not asked to.

The Ability To See & Act

Taking responsibility is much more than leadership– it means seeing what things to be done and responding accordingly.

It’s like coming to a place where you’re supposed to have a meeting, and all the chairs; instead of being arranged; are scattered; don’t ignore them. Arrange the chairs. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. That’s taking responsibility.

By doing so, you’re bringing a success ingredient into your character.

I laugh sometimes when people say things like ” My dream is to become the CEO of so and so company; I want to become the president in the next five years”.

It’s not impossible to become a president or the CEO of a highly reputable firm; but the question is, are you willing to take up the responsibility that comes with it? Are you willing to take up the leadership mantle?

Someone else might say ”Oh, I didn’t notice the chairs were not arranged; that is why I didn’t do anything’ . That’s why it’s called ”respond-ability”; The ability to see and act.

Some people don’t see; therefore they don’t act.

(That’s the meaning of irresponsibility. The inability to see and act).

Your Responsibility List

Here is the list of things to keep in mind to start taking responsibility

  • Get rid of fear. Let go of irrational beliefs
  • Release insecurity, blame, and anger.
  • Don’t be scared to take some risks. The best guys you know today are risk takers.
  • Be prepared to change and grow your life.
  • Use positive affirmations. This is very important.
  • You can’t do it all yourself! Get help from others.
  • Be open to  new ideas
  • Don’t blame anyone. Accept that you’re responsible for your life and the choices  you make.

Reach Out To Meet Needs

You can never become prosperous if you’re self centered and greedy. Victory, success, long life, wisdom, and prosperity will only come to you if you recognize a human need and reach out to meet that need.

Look at Bill gatesand Larry Page for example.

These guys are ordinary beings like you and I.

They don’t have four legs or four hands; neither do they came from planet Jupiter.

They have achieved so much because they recognized the needs of people and did all they could to meet it.

Being responsible has nothing to do with age; it comes with maturity.

Maturity is responsibility.

To become mature is to become responsible; it is to volunteer to get the job done even when you are not paid.  It is to go the extra mile to meet the needs of people. This is what distinguishes you as a leader.

Some people think leadership is about bossing around and giving instructions.

It’s taking responsibility.

Leadership is the assumption of guidance, responsibility, higher intelligence, and superior knowledge. It means being in service to your creator (God), to your fellow man, and to the society.

A leader is one who has the ability to respond and meet the needs of his followers.

Your Turn

Do all you can today to become responsible to your organization, house of God, and to your society.

The world needs responsible people.

You’re an agent of change.

The world is waiting for your manifestation.

Take responsibility and live a life of victory!

Daniel Adetunji is an expert guest blogger, freelance writer and blog ghostwriter who offer blog-ghostwriting services to online business owners who do not have the time to update their blogs with quality content. He is a motivational speaker and writer and he’s currently available for hire. His self-development and motivational articles have made many people discover their potential.

photo source: edenchanges.wordpress.com

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