“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Accepting responsibility in its most basic form means we STOP BLAMING OTHERS. Living in the western world surrounded by systems of naming and shaming, pointing fingers or viewing political ridicule may put us into the mindset of never being willing to admit our mistakes for fear of judgement. Until we accept responsibility for our actions or failures, it’ll be very difficult for you to develop self-respect or even have the respect of others.
Unless we can clearly see how we contribute to events, relationships, conflict or suffering then how can we be the very best that we can be. Through growing, living and experiencing, we learn about what we value and believe in; our personal guidelines to how and who we want to be. With maturity comes responsibility– no wonder some of us prefer to dodge the decisions, heartache or reality of living.
Both coaching and mindfulness practice can really open up the door for us to see how reigning in our own actions allows us to feel more powerful and fullfilled.