‘How Do I Take Responsibility For My Actions?’ Here’s How To Own Your Mistakes & Your Life

Last Update on May 4, 2022 : Published on January 29, 2022

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill

We all want to be the best out there but what we fail to realize is that to be the best, to be on the top, you need to own up to your mistakes, your actions, and more importantly, take responsibility for your actions.

With our lives being stressful enough, where things can get out of control at any moment, we want to get the easy way out. And the easiest way to do that is to blame others for your mistakes – by letting others take responsibility for your actions.

Owning your mistakes, and accepting responsibility for your actions is one of the most important things you can do, especially if you want to succeed in life. When you take responsibility for your actions, you are taking a step forward in reshaping your life, and your future for the better.

Taking the easy way out of your responsibilities is a negative trait and can be indicative of a poor personality person, one who lacks character, self-respect, and ethics.

It’s okay to become overwhelmed and ignore your mistakes, but it is a completely different thing to make it a habit of blaming others for your mistakes.

Why Do You Need To Take Responsibility for Your Actions?

why Take Responsibility for Your Actions

If you’re here, then you’re wondering “why must I take responsibility for my actions?”. Well, let me tell you, taking responsibility for your actions allows you to accept your flaws and work on getting better. If you keep blaming your actions on others, you’ll never get the chance to work on yourself and improve.

Whatever you sow, you reap. If you make a mistake and don’t own up to it, then you’ll suffer the consequences, eventually. If you mess up, you need to be accountable for it as well. This allows you to fix the mess you’ve made, right the wrongs you’ve committed.

Taking responsibility for your actions matters when it comes to maintaining a positive attitude and relationship with your loved ones.

For example, your coworkers would hesitate to work with you if you can’t take constructive criticism, who is not ready to accept their weaknesses or strengths, or who isn’t open to change when needed.

Your loved ones, on the other hand, may not be as hesitant as your coworkers but still, they can’t let every mistake you make, slide. Everyone has their limits, their boundaries, and not all of them are willing to bend boundaries, all the time. 

At some point, you may need to step up and be accountable for your actions – whether good or bad. The same goes with your romantic relationships too. Taking responsibility for your actions in a relationship is equally important. To maintain a healthy romantic relationship, you need to own your mistakes and responsibilities.

You need to accept responsibility for your actions as this will help you remember not to make the same mistakes again. However, taking responsibility for your actions in a relationship doesn’t always mean owning up to your mistakes.

The best part of taking responsibility for your actions is that you get to celebrate when your efforts pay off. For example, own up to the presentation and take responsibility, the credit for the efforts you put in.

Accepting responsibility for your actions means you get to be proud of yourself when you achieve success in life. Taking responsibility can give a boost to your self-respect and can help gain respect from others.

When you take charge of your life, you can find it easier to own not only your flaws but your happiness as well.

Benefits of taking responsibility for your actions can include:

  • Helps you take control of your life
  • Helps with self-development and personal growth
  • Helps increase your self-respect
  • Helps others recognize your strengths and increase respect towards you
  • Helps improve your relationship with your close ones
  • Helps increase trust with others

Consequences Of Not Taking Responsibility

Consequences Of Not Taking Responsibility

We’ve all studied Newton’s Third Law, which states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. What do you know? Newton’s third law goes beyond science! This statement, in our case, can imply that if you refuse to take responsibility for your actions, you will suffer the consequences.

Here are some of the consequences that can occur if you don’t take responsibility for your actions:

1. It can affect your mindset. When you blame others for your actions, it can affect your mind and mental health. How? You know that you messed up, yet you allowed others to take your blame. How can’t it hurt your conscience?

2.Not taking responsibility for your actionscan make you feel inferior or small. It can slowly decrease your self-respect.

3. Seriously, many times others are aware of your mistakes, so when you let others take the fall for you, your respect, your value in their eyes will also take a fatal fall.

4.Not accepting responsibility for your actions is another sign of an immature person. If you continue with this behavior, in the future, others will always see you as an immature person even if you make things right.

5.If you don’t take responsibility for your actions, your coworkers, your friends, and your partner, will see you as an untrustworthy person. Your relationship will eventually take a hit because you fail to own your actions.

6.Not being accountable can also cause you to make poor decisions that can affect your finances, career, job, etc. Not only this, but not taking responsibility can also make you emotionally unstable, unsatisfied, and angry at yourself.

How To Take Responsibility For Your Actions

If you’re asking yourself, “How do I take responsibility for my actions?”, well, you’re in the right place. Here are 10 effective ways how to take responsibility for your actions (and your life):

1. Avoid Blaming Others

Blaming others is not the right thing to do when you want to take responsibility for your actions. Blaming may help you feel good but only for a short time. If you’re in the wrong, then you need to own up and not blame others for your actions.

2. Avoid Complaining Much

Complaining every time something goes wrong will not achieve much. Complaining, much like blaming others, will only relieve your guilt over your mistakes, temporarily. If you messed up, then instead of complaining, take action.

3. Avoid Giving Excuses

If you keep giving excuses for tough situations, you’ll never get close enough to owning your actions. If you’re late for your work, you can’t give an excuse saying that you’re late because of heavy traffic. That’s not the right way to take responsibility for your actions.

4. Follow Through Your Goals

Setting goals can help you create a structure and give direction to where you want to go in life. However, many people hesitate to follow through with their goals because they fear failure and taking responsibility for their failure.

5. Love Yourself

Okay, it may sound absurd but many people who fail to take responsibility for their actions also fail to love themselves. When you love yourself – the good, the bad, and the ugly parts – you don’t ignore your responsibilities. If you’re self-confident, you’ll never fail to take responsibility for your actions.

6. Don’t Ignore Your Relationships

Taking responsibility isn’t just limited to your mistakes, it also comes down to your relationships. You can’t ignore the responsibilities of your relationships. Whether it be your romantic relationships or your friendships, you need to invest time and take charge of them.

7. Say ‘Yes’ To Your Negative Emotions

Life is full of ups and downs. You can’t accept the good and ignore the bad. It doesn’t work like that. When you accept the positive emotions without fail, you can accept the negative emotions too. Accepting the negative is a sign of maturity that allows you to take action.

8. Learn To Forgive Yourself

No one’s perfect and we’re all bound to make mistakes. However, before you own your mistake and take responsibility, you need to learn to forgive yourself first. You won’t be owning your faults if you fail to forgive yourself for them.

9. Take Actions To Resolve

Taking action to resolve your mistakes is as equally important as taking responsibility for your actions. If you make a mistake, take action to resolve it as soon as you can. If you fail on the first try, don’t stop. Improve your methods and try again until you succeed.

10. Take Charge Of Your Health

Taking responsibility for your actions isn’t just about accepting your mistakes, it also means taking responsibility for your health and wellbeing. It’s okay to fall but you need to learn to get up as well. Prioritize your health, and take charge of your wellness before you can take charge of your actions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q:1 What does it mean to accept responsibility for your actions?

Accepting responsibility for your actions means taking a step towards being a successful individual. When you take responsibility for your actions, you take off the weight from your shoulders and become more productive. You don’t carry regrets, guilts, or other negative emotions when you make a decision based on your responsibility and actions.

Q:2 How do you take ownership of your actions?

You can take responsibility for your actions by reminding yourself to not blame others for your actions, by avoiding making excuses, by reminding yourself of your goals, learning to forgive yourself, and by taking charge of your actions.

Q:3 How can I be responsible?

The first step is to be accountable for yourself. This means admitting when you’re wrong and when you made a mistake. Then you can try to be organized and keep your emotions in check. This means choosing your words carefully and not letting your emotions run a conversation.

Q:4 Why is it hard to take responsibility?

Taking responsibility for your actions can be hard when you feel you’re not good enough. Feelings of shame, regrets, and guilt can hold you back from taking responsibility for your actions. So instead of worrying about facing rejection or being inadequate, try to raise your self-esteem when you want to take responsibility.

Q:5 What stops people from taking responsibility?

There are five reasons or barriers that stop people from taking responsibility for their actions. These five barriers can be pride, playing the blame game, playing the victim, fear of rejection or being shunned, and feelings of shame.

Final Words

Taking responsibility for your actions can make you feel good and accepting of yourself and can help you take charge of your life. Avoiding the responsibility and escaping the consequences of your actions can eventually catch up with you and can make you feel guilty and angry at yourself.

When you take responsibility for your actions, you increase the awareness of your weaknesses and your strengths. By being responsible, you gain self-respect and allow others to respect you in return.

And believe me, taking responsibility can feel scary at first but when you get into the habit, you’ll see a positive shift in your mindset that will bring more happiness in your life.

We are humans and we make mistakes but owning your mistakes and taking responsibility for your actions is what helps you fix those mistakes and better shape your life.

I hope I was able to help you learn ways to take responsibility for your actions and take charge of your life. For more, you can write to us at info@calmsage.com or DM us on social media.

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About The Author

Swarnakshi Sharma
Swarnakshi Sharma

Swarnakshi is a content writer at Calm sage, who believes in a healthier lifestyle for mind and body. A fighter and survivor of depression, she strives to reach and help spread awareness on ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues. A spiritual person at heart, she believes in destiny and the power of Self. She is an avid reader and writer and likes to spend her free time baking and learning about world cultures.

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