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Who is responsible for your success?

Or any other aspect of your life—like your well-being, your attitude, your company’s success, your customers’ satisfaction, or taking care of your family. The answer is found in a simple one-sentence note posted on mirrors aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers: “This is the person who is responsible for your safety.”

Whether you think so or not, you are the only person responsible for making the choices that impact your life. Every decision and every action—and the consequences of inaction—shape your future. It’s completely up to each of us individually to achieve our goals and make the most of our life. If we wait passively for things to happen, or blame others for our circumstances, we’ve still made a choice (conscious or not). Taking personal responsibility means acting on priorities whether it’s easy or not, or whether we want to or not.

Take responsibility for your future by acting on your answers to the following questions.

  • Do your actions reflect your values and priorities? If not, what needs to be changed so that you focus and act on what matters most?
  • How can you be consistent so that your results move you toward your goals?
  • What can you do to maintain positive expectancy and an enthusiastic attitude?
  • How can you positively influence your current circumstances? What should you avoid?
  • What can you do when faced with situations that are beyond your control?
  • What can you do every day to go the extra mile and deliver more than expected?

One final question: When will you begin?


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