Responsibility = Action — 3 Comments

  1. Great article Lesa. When I think about it, taking responsibility for something seems to be the most efficient way to get things done. We tend to wait for an inspiration to zap at us before we start moving to get things done. However, most times the inspiration we’re looking for just doesn’t happen. So, in the end up we end up accomplishing nothing.

  2. This is great. It seems so useful to identify what we need to take responsibility for in order to take concrete action. I feel like as our vision grows, the amount of responsibility we must consider becomes bigger as well.

    I’ve recently had a lot of ideas popping up and am more than ever before doing the work of looking at what steps I need to take, what investments do the ideas call for, and do I have the ability to respond (responsibility) at this time in order to bring the idea into reality? I’ll definitely be thinking back to this post frequently as I go through the process of taking action on these ideas. And I love your encouragement in your statement: “The world needs you to share your brilliance.”

    • The type of responsibility I’m talking about here isn’t proportional to the size of the project and how many moving parts it contains. This is the type of responsibility that underlies the entire idea from the beginning… and pushes you to see it through, even when it gets challenging and you think of quitting.

      Since today is Martin Luther King day, it seems fitting to use him as an example here. It was his sense of responsibility to his message of equal rights that propelled him from a Baptist Minister to leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement and his famous “I have a dream” speech. It’s what prompted him to say yes to each step along the journey. Each step, from the first to the last.

      Connecting to a sense of responsibility to something beyond yourself — to an idea, or a people — is the key to accomplishing great things in your life.

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