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Start Taking Responsibility to Experience Personal Growth


by Katlyn Phelps

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94% of Millennials commit to personal improvement and are more than willing to invest close to $300 per month on self-development, according to a media report. Most people believe self-improvement and doing things better can help one achieve universal desires like love, happiness, success, and prosperity.

While this theory holds some truth, reading self-improvement books, attending events or enrolling in transformative courses are of no value if you do not take action. Instead, the cycle continues, and at some point, you might lose your passion for life. Therefore, it’s essential to take responsibility for your life to become a better person.

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Own Up to Your Actions

Accountability is vital for self-development, but often, people make excuses and put the blame on others when things go wrong. For instance, you might blame the teacher for awarding you low grades when, in reality, you did not study for exams. Whether you contributed to something through your actions or failed to act accordingly, taking personal responsibility for your actions, decisions and words will help you boost self-confidence, improve your relationships, and help you become a role model to others. Although owning up to mistakes is a stressful thought to grasp, it is the only way to personal improvement. Self-awareness is key to finding direction in your life.

Set Personal Goals

Setting goals can help you manage time and resources, or utilize knowledge, resulting in unlocking your potential. Outline the short-term and long-term objectives you have, such as saving money for buying a house, starting your dream business, or even contributing to community initiatives. A timeline gives you direction and motivation to stay on track. Studies show that successful people set clear personal goals and write down goals they want to achieve within a specified period. Defining and setting personal goals helps you track progress, re-evaluate objectives, and experiment new methods when you fail to attain one or two.

Live a Life of Integrity

In today’s world, living with a strong personal compass, bright ideas, honesty, and consistent principles is something many people find challenging. Some people do not allow their outward behaviors to replicate their true inner self, and others do not reveal their real identity; they put on a social persona, and in the end, become that person. Integrity is the core of who you are, what you believe in, including being honest and morally sound of yourself. You can lead a better life and improve the lives of others when you develop strong personal integrity and let your beliefs define who you are.

Take Control of Your Happiness

You are responsible for your own happiness, as it comes from inside of you. As much as achieving high goals sounds fulfilling, you cannot find happiness if you are not kind to yourself. Being kind to yourself brings you closer to achieving higher goals. According to research, happy people do things that make them cheerful every day. You too can find your happiness if you practice some steps to improve your life like treating yourself right, accepting yourself, and embracing forgiveness and change.

Accepting responsibility is a decision you need to make when positive or negative things happen because of your deeds, choices, or words. People may not agree with your decision to own up to your deeds, but it is not about what others think. Owning up makes you a better person. It shows you stand for your beliefs, values, principles, achievements, and mistakes. As a result, you gain confidence, strength, success, and create a better life for yourself and others.

About the Author 

Katlyn Phelps

Katlyn Phelps is a freelance writer and editor who has spent most of her career working as a life coach and counselor.

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