September 20, 2015

11 Quotes on Personal Responsibility, part 2



There’s a famous saying that goes something like this: “If we don’t do it ourselves, it isn’t going to get done.” It doesn’t matter if “it” is a huge home-improvement project or a minor work assignment. Other people are not always willing and able to help us reach all of our goals. In any case, they have their own obligations.


My last blog post was about personal responsibility.  Since the quotes I used were so well-received, I would like to continue that theme today.

My Project

Speaking of home-improvement tasks, here are some “after” pictures of the painting job we did in my daughter’s bedroom (Please excuse the overexposed lighting.):



The coordination of this multi-week project was a job that nobody else but me was willing to tackle. It didn’t matter that I didn’t feel up to it. I had to push through my limitations and do the following:
  • Find out what colors my daughter wanted.
  • Research what supplies were needed.
  • Buy the materials.
  • Help paint and clean up.

Since I rarely do home projects, everything was a big deal for me—a huge deal. But, if I didn’t do it, it wouldn’t get done. Period. The buck stopped with me. I was accountable.

Quotes on personal accountability that inspired me:

“If you own this story you get to write the ending.” --BrenĂ© Brown
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“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”—Anne Frank
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“There’s not a chance we’ll reach our full potential until we stop blaming each other and start practicing personal accountability.”—John Miller
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“Taking personal accountability is a beautiful thing because it gives us complete control of our destinies.”—Heather Schuck
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“You are the only person that can create the future you want.”—Lailah Gifty Akita
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“All hate is the result of people refusing to take responsibility for their own lives.”—Marty Rubin
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“This is your life. You are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don’t wait.”—Natalie Goldberg
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“The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on who you are going to blame. You don’t waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are free and can now focus on succeeding.”—Lori Meyers
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“…you thought the thoughts, you created the feelings, you made the choice, you said the words, and that’s why you are where you are now.” (emphasis mine)—Jack Canfield
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“If you don’t like your outcomes, change your responses.”—Jack Canfield
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“But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.”—Galatians 6:4-5

My Conclusion

No matter what our past holds, we are the creators of our own future. Every choice we make today shapes our tomorrow.


Are you making wise choices today?