Over time, failing to accept responsibility has severe consequences.
First and foremost, it has a devastating effect on your own mind and heart. When you know you have failed to take responsibility for something that you should, it’ll begin to bother you, to eat at you, little by little. Pretty soon, you’ll feel very small inside.
That may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s the truth.
As you already know, taking responsibility for your own actions makes life work better.
Remember, self-respect is the worth or value you place on your own life.
Therefore, one of the consequences of continually failing to accept personal responsibility is that you eventually guarantee that you’ll view your life as having little to no real value.
“A man can do what he ought to do;
and when he says he cannot, it’s because he will not.”
J. A. Froude
In our R-E-S-P-E-C-T series, we shall discuss ways in which you can gain the respect of others. This provides value to your life – in your own eyes as well as the eyes of others. There’s a good chance that when you avoid accepting personal responsibility, someone will know that you’ve failed in this way. In other words, some other person may know that you’re responsible for the wrongdoing or poor choice, and when they see you fail to accept responsibility, they’ll lose all respect for you. If this happens on a frequent basis, you’ll never gain the respect of others that you hope to have one day.
Accepting Responsibility is a Serious Matter
Sometimes, especially when we’re young, we don’t always see the long-term effects of our behavior. But, make no mistake, accepting responsibility – both personal and indirect – is a major factor in receiving the respect and admiration of those around you. Accepting responsibility is not only the right thing to do, but it’ll pay more long-term dividends than you can now imagine.