Taking Personal Responsibility For Your Results

What exactly does it mean taking  personal responsibility for your results?

Do you play the blame game?

Every time something doesn’t go according to your plan you like to point fingers.

You might not, but a lot of people like to blame others for not achieving their goals or results.

What happens when you point your index finger at someone?

Try it if you don’t know.

You have one finger pointing out and three fingers pointing back at you.

Interesting how that works.

Taking personal responsibility means owning up to the results you got.

Good or bad you were the one to make the choices and decisions you made and you have to own up to it.

Now, you could go around blaming others or making excuses but you really know who is responsible.



You are.

Stop wasting your time and energy accusing others for what happened.

There is a positive side to this too.

When you get the results you wanted you can also take personal responsibility for the right decisions, choices and actions.

Taking Personal Responsibility

Taking Personal Responsibility

Take personal responsibility for your actions

Have you ever been blamed for something that you did not do?

Most people have.

It does not feel very good if you take it personally and this is one main reason why we don’t like blaming ourselves.

It doesn’t feel good.

We are often much harder on ourselves than others are on us.

If you take personal responsibility for your actions then you can create a shift away from the feelings of blame and guilt.

I remember when I lived in a different part of the city and when I used to walk my dogs through the park I always saw garbage and broken glass.

I used to get really upset and start to say nasty things under my breath about the people who did this.

I would start to become angry and become negative.

You know who this affected.


There was no one else around.

Then one day I had an epiphany and decided to have a complete change of attitude.

I started to take personal responsibility for me becoming the example for others to follow.

Taking Personal Responsibility

Taking Personal Responsibility

I made a pact with myself that I would pick up three pieces of garbage or glass on every walk, and I would be grateful for it.

I was grateful that I had a beautiful park to walk in and I had the opportunity to shift the way I looked at it.

So there I was walking twice a day happily picking up 3 pieces of garbage.

I felt better because I did not associate any negative feeling of blame on anyone.

I was happy that I could be an example of doing something good.

My only intention was to make the park cleaner.

One day someone walked up to me and said thank you for doing that.

Then another and another.

Then one day I saw others picking up garbage and glass.

I felt better because I became responsible for how I felt and took action to do something about it.

If you want to read a really good post on making excuses and blaming others click here.

Is it time for you to make a commitment

Life is a journey not a destination.

You need to make a commitment to the process of achieving whatever goals you want.

Every person has so much untapped potential within them.

One of the challenges is that we let what others think and feel towards us affect how we make our decisions.

You need to take personal responsibility for your own decisions and actions and the consequences that arise from them.

You need to make a commitment to yourself that you will do your best in whatever you do.

“Commitment is doing the thing long after the feeling you said it with has left you.”

It is a very common thing for people in the world to cast blame and accusations on others for things that happened.

Do you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and say I’m going to be 100% responsible for my decisions, choices and actions today?

Most people don’t.

If you make a commitment to take personal responsibility for the results you achieve in your life (good or bad) then you are becoming a leader.

If you choose to blame others then you are weak.

Own it and you will feel better about you.

What is the importance of commitment

The importance of commitment is about accepting 100% responsibility for your results.

There is a strategic process in every business model.

Taking Personal Responsibility

Taking Personal Responsibility

It takes time to set the goals, create the plan and to execute the plan.

The importance of commitment is making a decision that you will do whatever it takes to succeed.

Commitment does not mean that you will do this or that until it gets hard, or until it does not yield the good results or until someone disagrees with you.

There are a lot of negative people who have settled on a mediocre life.

These negative people enjoy seeing you fail and telling you I told you so.

If you don’t take personal responsibility for your commitment to achieve your goals then you will fail every time.

All successful people fail but they stay committed to the process because what other people think does not matter.

Wayne Dyer, one of the top self help coaches in the world stated that self actualization was, “being independent of the good opinion of others.”

Commit to your goals and your life because that is what really matters.

How did you grow up?

If you are like most people you have become a product of your environment.

Did you experience blame, guilt and criticism when you were growing up?

Taking Personal Responsibility

Taking Personal Responsibility

All the impressions that you were exposed to as a child ingrained a way of thinking and your behaviour.

The cool part is that all you have to do is become aware of that and you can create change in your life.

You will either hang on to those thoughts as your own or you will commit to making a change.

If you take personal responsibility for your life then you will decide it is better to commit to change.

Who wants to run around life blaming and criticising others or making others feel guilty.

Once you become aware of this you have a conscious choice to make.

You either remain like that or you will commit to taking personal responsibility to creating positive change in your life.

You hold on to the negative or you create something positive.

Which do you think would make more sense?

Take the road less travelled

What do most choose?

The high road or the path to least resistance?

Unfortunately most people choose the path to least resistance.

The ironic part is that is the most difficult road.

Do you know how hard it is on you to keep lying to yourself and shifting responsibility for what or what does not happen in your life on others?

It eats most people up inside because they know it is wrong but they don’t change.

Tony Robbins, one of the top business and personal development coaches made a statement that people do things for two primary reasons.

People do things for pleasure or to avoid pain.

Think about that for a second.

If you interpret something to be painful and are unsure you will take precautions to avoid it.

Like failing at business, experiencing rejection, avoiding responsibility so you won’t be blamed or criticised.

The flip side is that you look to do things that give you pleasure even if only temporarily.

No one wants to suffer but avoiding personal responsibility will inevitably lead to suffering.

Maybe it’s time to make a shift in your life.

Commit to the process and take personal responsibility for creating a positive change in your life today!

Taking Personal Responsibility

Taking Personal Responsibility


David Thompson

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  1. This was an amazing post David. Thanks so much. Taking personal responsibility is hard, but worth it.

  2. This is something more people need to hear. We all have to take personal responsibility for our results, only then will we become successful.

  3. i believe its your responsibility to make it happen no matter what your circumstances are

  4. Love this David.. very valuable.. and such an important trait to have taking responsibility…


  5. Once you change the way you look at things, the things that you looked at change!

  6. Hey great cause David. Being accountable is something I like to talk about. You’ve made some great points

    I must admit that it’s very difficult for a great majority to be accountable for their lack of results. People tend to blame circumstances or events. Honestly, the people who learn to be accountable have no choice but to create success.

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