Your Success Thought on "Responsibility - Too Little"
March 23, 2005

Last week we began a three-week focus on the epic topic of 'responsibility', discussing pitfalls of taking it all upon ourselves. Today we'll look at the costs of taking on too little. Just like the baby bear looking for just the right porridge, chair and bed, we'll land upon your most powerful relationship with 'responsibility' next week.

What comes to mind when envisioning someone who accepts too little responsibility? Perhaps it is a teen, co-worker or subordinate? Someone who complains incessantly yet takes no responsibility for how their actions (or lack thereof) created their scenario?

This drives responsible people 'nuts!' "Why can't they be accountable for their actions? Don't they see what should be done? I'll never get through to them. Why even try?"

Fact is, those whom we consider irresponsible fall into three categories:

  1. They don't know better, 'they don't know what they don't know.'
  2. They do know better but being irresponsible works for them.
  3. They know better but lack the confidence holds them back.

Are you irresponsible in certain aspects? If so, it's vital that you identify the category you fit into. If it is category one or three above, there is help all around you in the form of mentors, books, classes, focus groups- people who care and want to see you get ahead.

The world is your oyster if you gain perspective and ask tough questions of yourself and those around you regarding this issue. Be willing to move beyond your comfort zone.

If you fit into category two yet want to get ahead you are fooling yourself. Being irresponsible is not working for you. No one is going to lead you forward if you're not willing to accept responsibility. If you are willing to change, do it in a big way.

Are you where you want to be in your personal or professional world at this moment. If not, chances are high that it's directly related to the amount of responsibility you are unwilling to accept. This week step back and get a reality check. If uncertain, ask those closest to you. Know that they are eager to tell you and see you move forward.

Enjoy your discoveries and have a superb week.

Ann Golden Eglé, PCC, CPCC
Executive Coach & President
Golden Visions Success Coaching, LLC

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