Are you measuring up when it comes to Personal Responsibility?

We are living in a day and age where few people are held responsible for their actions (or more often, lack of action).  It seems to have become the norm for many of our business- and political leaders to apportion blame or provide eloquent reasons (aka excuses) as to why things went wrong, or why they did not deliver the desired results.

In recent years, we have become accustomed to never-ending reports of Government’s non-delivery, service delivery failures, labour unrest and  wasteful spending in the public sector, to name a few.  In each of these instances, we could hardly see anyone owning up or taking responsibility – just a lot of investigation, discussion and blame-shifting.  I’m not sure about you, but I find this EXTREMELY annoying and hence my reason for today’s topic about taking personal responsibility.

Let me give it to you straight – Your ability to take full responsibility for every personal decision, response and action (or non-action), will be a make- or break factor for your personal- and professional success. Yes, I know that we all have different circumstances, challenges and opportunities. However, when it comes to being responsible for our thoughts, choices and responses, we are all on an equal playing field.

If you are serious about your personal and professional success, I am extending a challenge to you today – take a few minutes to take a critical look at yourself by answering the following three questions:

1. Are you still providing excuses or reasons (or blaming someone / something) for the fact that you have not yet accomplished specific results in your personal or business life? I often hear people providing excuses such as “I have no money to….” or “I do not have time to….” or “I am still waiting for….” or “it is the state of the economy that is killing my business”, the list can go on!

2. If you are ready to claim full personal power, think about HOW you can take responsibility or action to overcome your challenges?

3. Finally, what actions are you committing to in the next day, week and month to take full responsibility for your personal- and professional success?

Fortunately, we do not have to tolerate weak leadership. We can choose to stop blaming our government, society, schools, apartheid or BEE policies, etc. We can step up and take responsibility for our own actions to shape our destiny in these tremulous economical and political times. This is what I choose to do!

Let me leave you with the powerful words of business legend Jim Rohn: “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Article supplied by: Gina Mostert, Business Strategist, Consultant & Coach

About the Author: Gina works executives, business leaders and companies in the services sector, helping them to think, plan and lead more strategically or

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