Taking responsibility for a situation or scenario isn't always comfortable. Especially if the outcome was negative. However, being able to take full ownership of your choices is a super-power.
This was one of the best lessons in life I have learnt. Not just in a work sense, but also in a professional sense.
Was it easy? No.
Trust me when I say this I hate being wrong. Like a lot of people in the world.
However never admitting your fault, you truly are limiting yourself.
Here are three ways how:
1) It Empowers You.
Yes, my friends, you have heard me correctly. Owning your actions and taking responsibility is incredibly empowering.
Look, we've all been there. Something really shitty happens and we're trying to make sense of it. Sometimes it's not easy, but looking at what you could have done differently. It could have simply been walking away or managing your emotions.
Initially, it doesn’t always feel good. You can feel as if you are a really big screw up.
However, after that initial knee jerk reaction, you feel empowered. You realize you have options. It opens the door for other possibilities. It helps you to get into solution-based thinking.
Getting stuck in the blame game or developing a victim mentality will leave you paralyzed and unable to move out of your situation.
Choosing to look at your options and what you can be completely empowering.
2) It Provides An Opportunity For Positive Change
Instead of feeling like a victim or playing the blame game (which is incredibly negative). You can clearly see the actions or behaviours that led you to a certain situation or outcome.
Once you've accepted that, you can choose to change. You can see solutions that you may have missed before.
You are able to take more control over outcomes moving forward.
You stop reacting and start becoming more proactive.
It's like a super-power.
3) It Leads To Better Outcomes.
Once you can see how your actions and behaviours played a part in a scenario, you can see HOW to change. You can clearly see the consequences of your actions. Helping you to make better decisions and choices in the future. Instead of feeling like bad things are always happening to you, you can start to take a more direct approach.
Taking responsibility for your actions and choices can completely change your life. You will make better decisions. You will feel more in control.
Now we know why it's important to take responsibility and fully own it, but how to achieve this super-power?
Look at situations and see how you could have handled them differently. Look at what role you played to create that specific outcome. Ask yourself questions. What could I have done differently? What steps could I have put in place?
Don't dwell for too long on the past. Look for the potential solutions and move on. Don't beat yourself up, this exercise is there to help you learn.
Taking responsibility and fully accepting it can be really confronting. It can be uncomfortable, however, lean into the discomfort. Learn from the experience and how you can change in future.
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