Taking Responsibility For Your Actions: How You Can Do It

How To Take Responsibility For Your Actions?

When we enter the world, a blank canvas is born. Deep inside, surprise elements have been provided to paint your best self. Your humanity is a purposefully unique and intricate formula designed for understanding, reacting, and evolving.

In laymen’s terms:

To understand, react, and evolve is to take responsibility for your actions.

When this formula is respected, the door to happiness can be yours.

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work” – Adrienne Rich

Taking Responsibility 101

The Basic Beginning of Taking Responsibility

Students learning responsibility

The reference of entering the world in infancy is a critical analogy to appreciate when trying to improve ourselves, regardless of actual age. Stages of taking steps toward responsibility for growth begin in the infancy of experience.

For example, parents try to teach responsibility to children by offering unconditional love when the child makes a mistake. By approaching the child with calmness, the adult shows the child a version of parental responsibility. This approach helps to build trust. It encourages the child to feel safer in accepting his part in the mistake made. Had the parent shamed the child for making a mistake, the child might have experienced rejection and chosen not to take responsibility for the mistake.

As children, building trust through unconditional love regardless of circumstance is the key component to life because this is how we successfully take our own accountabilities into adulthood.

Adults Take Responsibility For Their Actions

Man using his hat to hide his face

Simpler days of youth may be gone; but, life continues, and so must we.

Has there ever been a time that taking responsibility for your life just didn’t seem worth it? Have you ever experienced taking responsibility to be rewarding? As an adult, young or old, has accepting responsibility made things harder or easier? These are essential questions to ask yourself. This may be the one thing you can do to to make life better.

The Blame Game

If low self-esteem plagues you, try to accept that you are still a very valuable person. Low self-esteem can be looked at in a variety of ways. One such impact is that it is a learned behavior – meaning, your true nature felt to be in purer form before certain negative behaviors or signals were taught to you to take on as your own. As a child, there was little you could do about this misfortune.

It is easy to blame someone or something else for circumstances that were out of our control as young children. As adults, the blame game can grow into a very debilitating crutch that removes you from living your best life.

The blame game can grow into a very debilitating crutch that removes you from living your best life

Accepting responsibility for everything in your life is your power. Even if you didn’t cause a problem to happen, take responsibility for it anyway as if you had been in control. Accept the power of awareness and realization of how problems occur and how they can be remedied in your life. In this way, low self-esteem is given a chance to become educated and eradicated by taking your power back from anything that happens. You don’t have to feel like or become a victim ever again.

Benefits of Taking Responsibility

Giving a flower

Now that you are an adult desiring to evolve into a stronger person, remember the formula: To understand, react, and evolve = to take responsibility and to take action.

To take responsibility for your life is a tremendous gift. It sounds like work, and it can be. But, it is actually the Golden Ring, the Morning Sunrise and the Light at the End of the Tunnel.


Because taking responsibility or holding yourself accountable for your life’s happenings promotes positivity, healthy productivity, and feelings of worth. Being aware of and applying accountability for your actions reinforces and restructures emotional strength and esteem. It reduces vulnerability for negative repercussions. It feels cleaner and safer to own what you do, think or say instead of allowing the world to manipulate uncertainties or untruths, which is self-defeating.

1. Believe in ownership. Whether at work or at play, take responsibility for your life, yourself and all that comes with you. It offers incredible esteem strengtheners. Holding dear to the value of your heart and soul is about trusting your purest form of truth and ownership. Own your perceptions honestly. Own your reactions enough to control them. Stop making excuses. Reap the rewards of evolving from this and take ownership.

2. Believe in goodness. It is everyone’s truth deep inside. We were born with goodness. Goodness instills goodness, especially if purposely encouraged. Begin by seeking out goodness and work toward emotionally attaching yourself to it. Seek to instill goodness in the world around you. By connecting to goodness, you are accepting responsibility for creating the world you deserve.

3. Believe in the rewards of accountability. Life isn’t always a straight path of butterflies and unicorns. When hardships find us, consider the part you played in being sought out by hardship. It is important not to blame others, or yourself. Simply acknowledge the circumstance, think of what could have been done differently and make every effort to correct or amend the negative end-result, so history doesn’t repeat itself. Understanding the steps of how to avoid future hardships is a reward that keeps on giving.

Feeling Better Without The Huge Price Tag

Woman feeling free

Taking these steps is designed for every single person. Our humanness is where it all begins. Our human connection energizes actions and reactions. We all fall into moments of in-accountability. Understanding this makes it even more important to work on ourselves instead of trying to fix or resort to blaming others.

We all fall into moments of in-accountability

As you begin regaining inner strength toward accountability, then you begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This also encourages a better understanding towards others, removing the expensive cost of pointing blame.

The importance of taking care of our own business develops our sincere forms of personal truth, self-trust, and self-reliance. It has the power to remove the enormous price tag of bitterness and negative self-talk.

Positive self-worth, inner-strength, and compassion can be yours. Walk with your head held high because you can. Shine the light of personal accountability on the world. We all will thank you for taking action.

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Rebecca Temsen

Rebecca Temsen

Rebecca is an author, entrepreneur and most of all a wife and mother of 2. What she enjoys the most is helping normal people reach their full potential. Rebecca uses her ever growing skills in writing to inspire people and not settle for a normal life. As an entrepreneur, she has no shortage of failures and that is why Rebecca is the ideal person to talk about this.

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