Taking Responsibility

Over the last few months, I have been noticing more a more people who want things to happen in their business, career and life and at the same time seem reluctant to take responsibility for making it happen.

People often look for circumstances to justify why things are not happening.  It might be:

“There are too many other people in this area in the same business sector as me so I will never make a decent living”

“Organisations are flattening structures all of the time so it is almost impossible to get a senior role”

“I have no time to exercise on a regular basis even though I know it is important for my health and well being”

“I hate my job but I just need to get on with it to pay the bills”

“I need to keep my mouth shut on this issue to keep the peace”

It is all too easy to say to ourselves that this is the way it is.  The truth is that to achieve anything in our life, we need to take responsibility for making it happen or to choose and accept what we have. 

So how can you start to take responsibility and start to move forward on those things that are important to you?

1. Decide to take charge

Whenever you are struggling consciously choose to take 100% responsibility for the results you achieve.

2. Identify what you need to do

We often fall into the trap of saying “I don’t know.”  If this happens to you, take responsibility for finding out.

Imagine for example you want to get your first senior manager role.  Research the skills, knowledge, experience and personal attributes that are needed, assess against what you have and find ways of closing the gap.

Alternatively you might be struggling to get clients.  Sit down and look at how you are promoting yourself.  Assess what appears to be working and what is not.  Look for areas that you have not explored.  For example, one of the new strategies I adopted for my business in the last few months was article marketing.

3. Ignore self doubt

You can be pretty sure that when you decide to take charge, your gremlin or fears will start to take over.  All of your self doubts, anxieties and limiting beliefs will make an appearance.  Thank your gremlin for his/her concern and ignore it.

4. Get into action

If you want to build your responsibility taking muscle, start taking action.  You will be amazed how quickly things start to happen and how motivated you become to do more.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Jeremy Jacobs says 29 April 2009

Excellent post Duncan. Somewhat aposite after this morning’s breakfast business meeting.

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