Take Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility
  • “Maybe if the company had better equipment this wouldn’t have happened.”
  • “It’s not my job.”
  • “This isn’t in my job description”
  • “The world is out to get me.”

These are just a few of the phrases I’ve heard over the years as people encountered failure and fault. I know without a doubt I’ve uttered them a few times.

My question is “Would things have gone better if the company had better equipment and if it was your job and in your job description?” I’ll fill you in on the last point. The world is not out to get you. In fact, you’re probably very insignificant to the world if it was capable of conscious, autonomous thought.

What happens to you is a direct result of what you’ve created and how you react to your condition. I’m not saying you won’t encounter struggles, but the way you deal with themĀ speaks to your core values.

That’s why someone diagnosed with cancer can often accept their condition with grace and dignity, but someone else with a lesser condition may react with hostility.

The bottomline is to tell yourself “I’m responsible for my actions.” We prefer to deflect blame onto everything but ourselves. It helps us to feel better. What we should be doing is learning from our failures so we can tackle the next problem.

Today, when you’re tempted to shift blame, pause and ask “Is shifting blame worth it? Could I have done better?”

-Thomas Miller