Ways to take responsibility for your own self-improvement
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of responsibility. Who doesn’t want to be the go-to person? It’s great to be answerable and accountable for something within your own power, control or management. In short, responsibility makes us feel in charge and useful.
So why not think about applying responsibility to your own destiny? Why not consider ways you can take responsibility for your own self-improvement? Instead of feeling overwhelmed, focus on these ways you can harness your own responsibility for self-improvement.
Locus Of Control
In psychology, the locus of control is defined as “the extent to which people believe they have power over events in their lives.” A major factor in determining whether or not you have an internal or external locus of control is the degree to which you assume responsibility for your life.
When you are a female entrepreneur, having an internal locus of control is essential. From launching a new product or service to learning a new skill, the amount of responsibility you feel that you have over your life largely shapes your success and experiences. No matter how much you currently take on, responsibility is undeniably a powerful force. Because of this, it’s important to learn ways female entrepreneurs can harness the power of responsibility to boost self-improvement efforts.
Why Responsibility Is So Powerful
In its most relevant sense, responsibility is “something for which one is responsible.” While this definition applies to the basics in life, such as being responsible for various job duties, overseeing family members, and managing household tasks, it also refers to one’s self-improvement. Although many women acknowledge the basics of self-responsibility such as personal care, health or diet, there are simple ways to take it further.
When you’re responsible for your own circumstances, you see personal and professional development as inevitable. When you believe that you are responsible for your own self-improvement, success, and overall happiness, your focus shifts. And, the results can be incredible. Female entrepreneurs who accept responsibility for their lives typically tend to take more risks, experience more variety, and as a result, have high efficacy. They tackle life’s tasks and obstacles with a can-do attitude when compared with others who avoid responsibilities.
Responsibility and Successful Career Changes
As mentioned already, taking ownership of your life is a powerful action. This is especially helpful (and necessary) when looking to make a career change or launch a new business initiative. Research shows that desire, efficacy, and attitude are some of the most significant factors in an individual’s success when looking to switch fields of work. This includes becoming an entrepreneur.
This is particularly true as a person ages. Even if someone wants (or needs) to make a career switch, you are less likely to seek a career change if you’re over the age of 50.
However, no matter what your age, you need to be responsible for self-improvement. Your ability to respond to any circumstances constructively, tackle tough problems, get through uncomfortable situations and face unknowns are keys to the power of responsibility.
When you accept that your actions ultimately determine your ability to do challenging tasks, you will achieve more than ever before. Accepting the basic truth and responsibility for your actions is what propels you forward.
Find Time To Reach Your Goals
Another way to reach your life goals is to find time for self-improvement, take action and responsibility. Rather than waiting on others to help you reach long-held goals, it is essential to act. You’ll need to go after what you say you want. One way to do this is to prioritize the things you would like to achieve above other activities.
Have you ever trained for a physical goal? Have you ever competed in an event, run a race or trained for a competition? If so, you know that it’s important to create time and space to reach your goals. You need to be bold and intentional in how you take responsibility for self-improvement. Whether you’re learning a new skill, completing a degree, or writing a book, you need time to work toward your goals.
To be successful, determine a priority to reach your goal, then carve out time to do the things you say you want to do. It’s important to consider creative ways to find adequate time to manifest your self-improvement goals.
So remember, when it comes to self-improvement, there is often no more powerful force than personal responsibility. By taking ownership of your life and actions, you can stretch yourself beyond what you think you can currently achieve.
What are your thoughts on responsibility for self-improvement?
How has the power of responsibility helped you on your entrepreneurial journey? Has it helped your own self-improvement, success, and overall happiness? Or is this an area where you are still struggling? Share with us in the comments below.
Special thanks for the contribution from freelance writer Jess Walter.