I can’t be responsible for this mess, I didn’t cause all those things to happen.
Does that sound familiar?
Are you in the habit of blaming anything and everything for your problems BUT You?
Does this sound like you are possessing the Virtue of taking responsibility?
I know its human nature to blame someone else, ever since Adam and Eve, mankind has been doing just that. But the truth is that its no one else’s fault but your own.
No, we can’t control circumstances but we can control how we react to them, which in turn controls the outcome of the circumstance.
Charles Swindoll sums it up nicely:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.
It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
The virtue in taking self-responsibility
Being a person of Virtue: someone that is dependable, credible, worthy of joining up with, is essential for any successful business person and it begins with taking self-responsibility for what is occurring in your life.
Being a person of virtue that is worthy of joining means you can:
- Be trusted to honor your word (“Yes” means yes, “No” means no.)
- You will follow through with your commitments (In my world, promises are never required because my “Yes” simply means yes, as my “No” simply means no and hold myself to the standard of making good on my word.)
- You offer training and assistance (within reason, of course)
- Honor your contracts, service requests or product sales
- Give refunds if you can’t honor contracts
- Have a duplicatable system
- You’re not afraid to say “I don’t know” or admit when you’re wrong
- You truly want to see your members succeed too
The Virtue of taking self-responsibility is nothing more than accepting the consequences of your actions – or – being willing to be held responsible when things get messed up.
Simply put, you don’t blame others for your problems!
A person of Virtue finds answers or solutions to resolve the issue at hand instead of whining about it and refusing to take action. Only then can you honestly say to yourself that, yes, you are worthy to be joined.
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