Saying positive things to yourself (affirmations) can be helpful, but it is important not to rely on positive words alone to prove you matter. You need action that goes with what you say about you. The action that accompanies positivity about you shows responsibility. Taking responsibility for your actions includes accepting circumstances of the action. It shows you are taking matters into your hands while owning up to the things that make your self-worth valuable.
What Does It Mean to Take Responsibility?
Be in control of your actions. When considering self-worth, responsibility means you own what you do. It includes how you react to situations, the behavior, and attitude you express, and most significantly, your self-worth. Don’t allow others to make you feel bad or inferior. You lower the value of your self-worth when you let others or a situation make you feel less of a person. Your strengths define what you are capable of doing. Relying on what you can do well makes being responsible a little easier. You are likely to take on things you know you can handle. If you are thrown a curve ball, you’ll figure out a way to make things work.
Don’t Get Stuck or Back Out
Whatever the situation, accept responsibility for actions taken by you. Think about what to do; make a rational decision and explore options before determining a solution. People or situations can work as a road block; they can try and prevent you from moving forward. They may instill fear, doubt, or lack of faith in you; don’t fall for it! Figure out how to work around the challenge. Taking matters into your own hands exercises self-control and leadership. When you have the opportunity to show why you matter, give it all you got.
“I haven’t had an easy life, but at some point, you have to take responsibility for yourself and shape who it is that you want to be. I have no time for moaners. I like to chase my dreams and surround myself with other people who are chasing their dreams, too.” ~ Aimee Mullins