“If you want to improve your life, the first step is recognizing that you alone are responsible.”
We all want a better life for ourselves. For most of us, the true challenge comes in identifying how to achieve that? One of the most powerful ways you can improve your life is through responsibility. Responsibility can be demonstrated in many ways including being responsible, having responsibility, acting responsibly, and taking responsibility. Each of these has the power to impact not only your life, but the lives of those around you.
Below are 5 ways that responsibility will improve your life. Let’s discuss each and why they are relevant to success and happiness.
Sense Of Achievement
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1. Being Responsible Leads To Improved Relationships
One of the greatest benefits of responsibility is that it will have a direct and positive effect on your relationships. All types of relationships, whether business or personal, will thrive with responsibility. Being responsible makes you a person that others feel comfortable being around. It makes you someone whom people can count on in good times and bad.
In business, responsibility plays a big part in developing trust which is essential to building strong relationships. Your boss gave you a deadline. Your customer expects that questions are answered, issues are resolved, and that you will work hard to earn their business.
Now let’s look at personal relationships. We all have that go-to friend, neighbor, or family member. You know the one I’m talking about... You can call them anytime you need sage advice, or just an extra hand around the house moving some furniture. They lift you up when you’ve struggled, and they are there to help you celebrate your achievements. Having these people in your life is a necessity, and being responsible means that you’re going to be there for them as well.
Ultimately, being responsible means that you are able and willing to do your part to benefit everyone involved no matter what. This isn’t always easy to achieve, but the benefits of strong relationships more than outweighs the effort you put into it.
“The Price of Greatness is Responsibility" - Winston Churchill
2. Acting With Responsibility Leads To Success
We all know that success doesn’t come easy. It requires hard work, dedication, and consistency. One thing is certain though... In order to be successful, you need the opportunity to be. So how does acting responsibly create opportunities? To put it short, because it promotes trust and confidence.
One thing to remember too is that we are always earning our next opportunity. Nothing is guaranteed to us. If you are consistent though, being responsible and acting responsibly will lead to success.
Acting responsibly demonstrates your ability to make good decisions.
Being accountable demonstrates your ability to accept responsibility when things go wrong.
Having responsibility demonstrates your ability to care for something other than yourself.
How do you think a successful person conducts themselves? Do they hold themselves accountable for their own happiness? Do they make good decisions of behalf of themselves and others? Do they follow through on what they say they will do? Do they do these things because they have to, or because they feel responsible to themselves and for their actions? When you visualize a successful person, you quickly begin to see how acting responsibly plays directly into success.
3. Having Responsibility Leads To A Sense Of Achievement
One of the most important things to have in life is a sense of achievement. Remembering things you’ve accomplished can be especially difficult during tough times, though. Too often, we forget all the victories we’ve experienced in life. A sense of achievement fuels the fire inside us all, and makes us want to accomplish more.
Being successful is a mindset, and each achievement inspires you to see what else you can do.
Responsible people don’t make excuses, they make progress. They understand that things aren’t always easy, but determination drives them to continue. They achieve. Responsibility will lead to achievement, and a sense of achievement inspires us to become our best selves.
“More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them"
― Harold J. Smith