Accepting responsibility at work and in life.
When you want to succeed at work and in life, you need to develop the capacity to be yourself. Very often when things go wrong, we have the tendency to put the blame on others.
Actually, accepting responsibility does not mean putting the blame on ourselves. Accepting responsibility lies in the fact that you are taking ownership of your problem.
You are assessing the situation and identifying the areas where improvements need to done so as to make effective changes within your life and at work. By accepting responsibility and making things right, you are sure to get a better outcome when you do the same thing again, without putting the blame on others.
Realizing it and accepting it wholeheartedly
We need to realize that we are responsible for our own success in the work place. We need to accept the fact that whatever you are and whatever you want to be, is entirely in your hands. Only when you accept it wholeheartedly, you will be able to get rid of the bad habit of putting the blame on others.
When certain things have not happened in your career or certain promotions have not come in at the right time, it is easy to put the onus on others. But if you examine closely you always had the choice, to own up and do the right things that are required.
You alone are responsible for your own state of affairs and being happy or unhappy.
The day when you realize this, it will be a new beginning for you towards your journey of accepting responsibility at work and in life.
Do not find an excuse for your failures
A good thing to always remember is that we are here in the organization to perform our duty and we are being paid for it.
Many a times it happens that we just want to create an excuse for our failures. We just don’t want to fail in the eyes of others and often cite reasons to pass the blame on to them.
However, if we accept the responsibility and complete our tasks, we will be in more control of ourselves and we would start achieving what we wanted to do in our professional lives. We just need to accept the assignments and perform them willingly, happily and enthusiastically.
It boils down to say that you just take the idea and run with it rather than be told what to do with it and put them into practice.
Top performers when they see the job that needs doing, they just go ahead and perform it.
The difference between the top performers and those who accomplish little lies in the fact that top performers assume to choose responsibility.
Another aspect of people who accept responsibility is that they mature emotionally. One important aspect is to remain positive and accept failures and learn from them. It is the expression of adulthood.
You also know that things can be done differently and there are other alternatives. Accepting responsibility also means to take help from others. It is good to seek feedback in areas where we need improvement and have a support network.
You will not feel threatened when you find that others in your team have a better solution than yours. You happily accept it and run with it. The more a person accepts responsibility and initiates actions the more he grows into greater levels of autonomy.
Having accomplished simple things, the person wants to achieve difficult work challenges worthy of his or her talents. Success builds on success.
Talk to your Manager with a development action plan
Accepting responsibility also means that you have a plan to implement the much needed changes which can bring improvements into your current situation or work projects.
Have a monthly feedback session with your manager and discuss with him or her that you want to take up additional projects.
Before approaching, make sure you are up to date on your current projects. Accept the feedback from your manager with a positive attitude and discuss ways with him or her on how you can improve.
Discuss your career goals with your manager and how your career goals are aligned with the objectives of the company.
Follow up with your manager with a development action plan on how you want to implement the changes for your improvement areas.
Develop an action plan by identifying the changes that need to be brought in for your developmental areas. Have a workable timeline which covers both, on the job learning as well as classroom learning.
Learning valuable lessons through experience
Another useful outcome of accepting responsibility is that it teaches us valuable lessons through experience. From experience we learn what kind of actions produce fruitful consequences.
It only comes through experience and cannot be taught in a classroom. As you take in more responsibility, you become more secure more confident and start taking risks and initiatives. This makes the person evolve to become a more confident self starter without close supervision.
Sometimes we learn a lot through failure and we clearly understand what went wrong. Accepting responsibility also means sharing the lessons learned with others at work so that they can take up effective action.
Seek out areas where the company needs help and volunteer. Taking part in the company’s extracurricular activities shows you are proactive and willing to contribute meaningfully for your organization as well as for your own growth.
Become an expert in your area of expertise and master your craft.
Finally, accepting responsibility is a choice you make for yourself autonomously. It empowers you and gets you nearer to your goals at work as well in life.
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