Life Balance: Do You Take Responsibility for Your Actions?

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Do You Take Responsibility for Your Actions?

Owning Your Own Actions is a Powerful Thing

by J.M. Troppello

Taking responsibility for your actions can be scary.

I didn’t always want to own up to my behavior. Yet, once my journey toward increasing my emotional intelligence (EI) level began, I quickly learned that owning my actions was a huge factor in growing into a mature adult.

“The most important point to remember in developing self-confidence is to take responsibility for who we are. This empowers us. We can change anything, do anything, and be anything when we assume full responsibility for ourselves.” – Rachel Bermingham

I used to hide behind the hurts of the past.

Then I learned that I needed to come to terms with my own issues. I had to stop blaming other people for why I did things. I realized that I had given too much power to other people. I’d allowed people to live rent-free in my head.

That all started to change when I realized that I needed to change.

I had to take responsibility for my behavior—both the good and the bad.

Owning your actions is truly powerful.

Consider the following benefits from taking responsibility for your behavior.

1. Clean Conscience

It’s so much easier to respect yourself with you have a clean conscience. One way to get that clean conscience is to grow up and take responsibility for your actions. Stop blaming others for your mistakes. Own all your actions, even if you made a mistake.

2. Better Relationships

Learning how to own your actions will play a pivotal role in enhancing your relationships, both personally and professionally. When you take responsibility for your actions, you are showing the other person involved that you want to be mature and try to improve your connection with them.

3. Solid Reputation

People who take responsibility for their actions are respected by others. Maybe you don’t care what others think of you. I don’t care what trolls and crazy keyboard warriors think of me. However, I do care what my family and friends think of me. I care what those in my professional circle think of me. I want them to respect me as an honorable person. One vital way to do that is to take responsibility for my actions.

4. Personal Growth

When you can admit your mistakes, that will begin to cultivate a cycle of continual personal growth in your life. It’s not the end of the world when you admit that you were wrong about something or that you hurt or offended someone. On the contrary, it can become a new beginning for your life as an individual, and for all those involved in the issue.

5. Increased Positivity

When you are growing as an individual, that can motivate you to inspire others to grow. This world needs inspired people to make a positive and productive difference in other people’s lives. Be part of the change and learn how to take responsibility for your actions.

Take Responsibility for Your Actions

A clean conscience, better relationships, a solid reputation, personal growth, and increased positivity are five benefits of taking responsibility for your actions. These benefits may not be experienced immediately.

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill James

Yet, once you start to take responsibility for your actions, you will begin to see positive and productive changes in your life—as you interact with those around you.

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About the Author

J.M. Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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