Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! I have never seen anyone who refuses to take responsibility that succeeded in life. The present leadership in Nigeria is a good example. Until this government take full responsibility for all the challenges we are facing and stop passing the buck, nothing will ever change. You cannot stand out in life as long as you’re looking for whom to blame for your predicament.
The easiest way to become a liability in life is to keep passing the buck. Some people blame their ancestors, parents, siblings, uncles, neighbours, weather, nation, and the most popular one, the devil, and fail to blame the real culprit; themselves. Blame game is a big challenge in Africa. The citizens are blaming their leaders, and the leaders are blaming their predecessors. That is why our leaders are moving around the world with begging bowls.
The people that refuses to take responsibility for their lives will definitely end up as liabilities. The people that are always looking for whom to blame for their predicament will hardly move forward. Irresponsible people continually make excuses when they fail. They see themselves as victims and often say something like “It’s not my fault.”
They complain continually about people and circumstances. They see themselves as victims of things that have happened to them. They criticize other people on regular basis, usually behind their backs, and tend to gossip regularly about people in a negative way just because they are too lazy to achieve what those people have achieved.
Worst of all, irresponsible people blame others continually, past and present, for all their problems. They are never at fault. They are never responsible. People in this category will never amount to anything in life. As long as you’re looking for whom to blame, and refuses to take full responsibility for whatever has happened to you, it will be difficult for you to rise above average.
Irresponsible people are like children. Some children hardly take responsibility for anything. If something go wrong, they will start passing the buck. John will say it is Janet, then Janet will shout and say it wasn’t her, it was Johnson that did it. It’s like playing ping-pong game. No wonder irresponsible people never grow, they are perpetual children.
The act of irresponsibility actually started from the garden of Eden. When Adam and his wife disobeyed God’s instruction, look at how they passed the buck.
“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:9-13.
This is exactly what the ruling party is doing in Nigeria today. It is also what some individuals are doing to themselves. God asked Adam, the man He handed the garden over to if he had disobeyed His instructions. What Adam would have said is, “Lord, am very sorry for disobeying You.” But what did Adam do? He passed the buck. He said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” In other words, God you’re responsible for this incident, if you did not give me Eve, this nonsense wouldn’t have happened.”
God turned to Eve and said, “What is this you have done?” Eve replied, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” If you’re God what would you do? I will tell them to leave the garden immediately since none of them was ready to take full responsibility for what has happened.
Taking responsibility doesn’t mean you’re weak, it simply shows that you’re reliable. It means you can become a great leader.
Winners never make excuses if things go wrong or if he or she drops the ball occasionally. Instead a winner will say, “No excuse. I did it, or I didn’t do it, but I have no excuse.”
Winners does not complain about people or situations, which is basically a sign of weakness. When something goes wrong, winners take full responsibility for it and look for ways do deal with it instantly.
Winners does not blame other people or circumstances for their current situation. Instead, they accept responsibility and get busy doing something to fix the problem. No wonder President Harry Truman famously said, “The buck stops here.” How can a man blame everybody in his home for his inability to take care of his family? Get up and deal with it.
If you truly want to take full responsibility for whatever happens to you from today, you have to continually say, “I am responsible.” The minute you say “I am responsible,” you are back in charge of the situation. When you say “I am responsible,” you become calm, clear, and positive.
According to Brian Tracy, You can take full charge of your life by “Going over each part of your life, like examining an inventory sheet, and then accepting 100 percent responsibility for every person or situation in your life that causes you any negativity or aggravation. Instead of using your mind to think of reasons why other people are at fault, you use your wonderful powers of reasoning to determine why and how you may personally be responsible, even partially, for the negative situation.”
Dear friend, it is time to take charge of your life. Stop blaming your patents for not giving you money or sending you to school, and start strategizing on how not to repeat what they did yo your own children. Stop blaming external forces for your challenges, because doing that will render you useless in life. Take charge, take full control, and give your destiny a hot chase that will give you a position on the frontline. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities!
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