Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Personal responsibilty

I think there should be mandatory classes teaching personal responsibility. It’s possible most people don’t understand what personal responsibility is. Some of what accepting personal responsibility means to me include:

Acknowledging that you are solely responsible for the choices in your life.

Accepting that you are responsible for what you choose to feel or think.

Accepting that you choose the direction for your life.

Accepting that you cannot blame others for the choices you have made.

Tearing down the mask of defense or rationale for why others are responsible for who you are,
what has happened to you, and what you are bound to become. (That’s a tough one.)

The rational belief that you are responsible for determining who you are, and how your choices affect your life.

Pointing the finger of responsibility back to yourself and away from others when you are discussing the consequences of your actions.

Realizing that you determine your feelings about any events or actions addressed to you, no matter how negative they seem. (Another tough one.)
Recognizing that you are your best cheerleader; it is not reasonable or healthy for you to depend on others to make you feel good about yourself. (My favorite.)
Recognizing that as you enter adulthood and maturity, you determine how your self-esteem will develop.

Not feeling sorry for the “bum deal” you have been handed but taking hold of your life and giving it direction and reason.

Letting go of your sense of over responsibility for others.

Protecting and nurturing your health and emotional well being.

Taking preventive health oriented steps of structuring your life with time management, stress management, confronting fears, and burnout prevention.

Taking an honest inventory of your strengths, abilities, talents, virtues, and positive points.(err.)

Letting go of blame and anger toward those in your past who did the best they could, given the limitations of their knowledge, background, and awareness.

Working out anger, hostility, pessimism, and depression over past hurts, pains, abuse, mistreatment, and misdirection.

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