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The Importance Of Personal Responsibility

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January 4, 2009

The Importance Of Personal Responsibility

Hello, it’s Jeff from the Self Help Tips Blog.  Best wishes to you and your family in the new year!

Today we will discuss the importance of personal responsibility.

Personal responsibility is the most important ethic that you can exercise. With the cultivation of personal responsibility comes growth in all areas of life. It is a matter of taking charge of your own life and your circumstances through well-directed thoughts, words, and deeds.

Personal responsibility means being aware of Murphy’s Law, meaning that if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. The lesson of Murphy’s Law is if you want your plans to go right, you must thoroughly examine them to make sure that none of the steps involved is subject to the whims of chance or are dependent on good luck. If you fix potential problems before they happen, you will only find the good kind of breaks, the lucky breaks, because you will be making them for yourself.

Personal responsibility is the action of not being dependent on others for your salvation. You alone are in control of your actions and your destiny. Others cannot live your life for you. Murphy’s Law also means that other people will let you down. So love everyone, but trust no one completely. You can seek guidance to take into consideration, but remember that it is you who is the authority to evaluate and absorb what is useful and to discard any advice that you feel is not, including any beliefs that you might have unquestionably grown up with. Things are not always as they have seemed to be, as in the discovery that the Earth is round, rotates, and revolves around the Sun. Don’t be afraid to explore and use tools that increase our awareness, such as telescopes. Research any subject that you wish to learn about while using a wide variety of sources, in order to give yourself the best possible perspective.

Personal responsibility has a lot to do with listening to your own inner guidance. We are all unique, and what works for one person does not always work for everyone. Learn to look within and get in touch with your higher self. It is always questionable if outside influences are being honest or objective with your own greater good in mind. Most likely they are not totally accurate, and their recommendations may have their own selfish agenda at the forefront. It is often hard to see, so learn to use deliberation and discernment.

Personal responsibility is the path of the wise. It means using research, experience, imagination, and analysis to create the best possible workable theories to achieve great results. Know also that learning never ends, giving you the opportunity to utilize even more precise and expanded updates and revisions. Personal responsibility is the science of success in living well.

Having gained all of the benefits of personal responsibility will give you the position of being sought after by others for help. Teach them about personal responsibility, so that they too can grow and come into their own. Teaching others to be responsible for themselves and their actions (or lack thereof) is akin to teaching someone to fish so that they will always have food, rather than the temporary solution of giving someone food with the result that they will be hungry again shortly thereafter. Allowing them to demonstrate for themselves that they can catch fish not only fills their tummy, it also fills their self-esteem.

Take the personal responsibility to look at the underlying cause of problems so that they can be solidly resolved, rather than just quick fixes of symptoms, which doesn’t last. Personal responsibility ensures not only happiness in the present, but also certainty about the future.

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