How do you handle responsibility? This is an interesting question that should have an easy answer. You do what you need to do, when you need to do it.
Granted, that is an easy answer. But how do you handle responsibility when something goes wrong? You can live as close to a perfect life as possible but inevitably something bad will happen to you. That’s just life. Bad things happen even to good people.
Examples of how to handle responsibility
Have you been in a car accident you didn’t cause? It was not your fault but it was your responsibility. You are responsible for how you handle yourself in time of stress and how you resolve that stress. Responsibility is not about blame or fault. It’s about how you handle your emotions and actions.
Have you gotten sick even though you eat healthy and exercise regularly? Even though you take care of yourself, you are responsible for your sickness. No, you were probably not to blame for getting that sickly virus but you are responsible for how you deal with being sick.
Are you to blame?
It’s pretty clear you have to handle responsibility even when bad things happen. How do you handle responsibility when you didn’t want to be made responsible? This happens often.
A child will tell a parent, “I don’t want to clean my room.” Even though the child doesn’t want the responsibility, she has it. An employee may whine about being responsible for completing a project that he believes a different employee should do but he is still responsible.
Responsibility can be earned. Responsibility can be given. It can be deserving or undeserving. Life is not fair. Who said it had to be or should be fair?
You still have to handle the responsibility.
How well do you handle responsibility when it’s given to you? I’m amazed by the examples in the world of people begging for more responsibility in their careers but when they get it, they can’t handle it. Either they are not equipped emotionally, physically or mentally to handle the new responsibilities or they are lazy and try to shirk the responsibilities.
If you yearn for additional responsibilities, take control of them. Don’t desire additional responsibilities only because you will receive a raise. If you only want the raise, you will fail. Money is typically not a strong enough motivator to offset the desire to be lazy.
Handling responsibility is just something we have to deal with. Thankfully, if you handle responsibility well and with a good attitude, good things will happen for you. Handling responsibility is all about meeting expectations.
Expectations can be with others or yourself. Sometimes you have to set expectations with yourself about the responsibilities you have. If you’re really good, you will even strive to exceed the expectations for handling your responsibilities.
Its time you take responsibility for your thoughts, actions and inactions. Recognize what your responsibilities are and prioritize them into your life. Add them to your calendar. Ask others for help. Do what you have to do to handle your responsibilities.
When you realize you can handle your responsibilities, your stress levels will go way down. Don’t be naive and think you don’t want any stress. You do want some. But life will be easier when you take care of what you need to.