Why You Need To Take Responsibility For Your Own Stuff

Check out the original post from The C Method with Christina Canters here.

Are you getting the results you want in business and in life? Are you taking 100% responsibility for those results, or are you playing the blame game?

As Grant Cardone says:

You need to take responsibility for all results. High performance, highly successful people take total responsibility for every outcome in their life. They never make excuses. They look to themselves for being the cause of situations—they don’t blame other people or other things.

As a small business coach, I love it when I hear a potential client say… “I know that I created this issue, I know that with some help I can fix it.” When I hear this, I know that that person is ready to do the yards to create change. If they are blaming everyone else, then I know we have a much longer road ahead of us!

When my good friend Christina Canters from The C Method asked me to be on her fantastic podcast, Stand Out Get Noticed, and talk about taking responsibility, I was in 100%!

Why do you need to take responsibility for your own stuff? 

If we look to everyone else to solve our problems, we lose our power to affect change. In order for things to be different, WE need to BE different. Fundamentally nothing changes when we wait for the world around us to be different.

If we go down the harder road, admit to our inefficiencies and realise the part that we play in our situations, only then are we empowered to make a change.

How can I tell if I’m not taking responsibility?

In the podcast, we discuss the triggers that will tell you when you’re outsourcing responsibility. There will be a situation that you start to feel uncomfortable about. You may be triggered by someone or something going on that you know you need to address, or you might just have a feeling that you want to avoid something.

How do I do it?

  • Once you’ve noticed that you’re being triggered, take a moment to think about the things that lead you to this moment. Think about the things that you might have done, or not done that contributed to where you are.
  • Recognise that you are 100% responsible for exactly where you are. On realising that, think about what you could have done differently, which would have given you a different result.
  • Now, recognising what you could have done differently in the past, think about what you are going to do RIGHT NOW to change the course of the future.
  • Take action ASAP!!!


Remind me why I should take responsibility again?

Think about the above scenario, where you’re uncomfortable and in a situation that is not ideal. Imagine the difference between taking action to change things, or waiting for others or the situation to change, without your involvement… You’ll be waiting for a while, I suspect!

Final Bit

If you’re a small business owner who is ready to take responsibility and really make things happen then get in touch! I specialise in small business coaching in Melbourne, and you can easily book a complimentary 15-minute chat to see if I’m a match for you and your team! 🙂


Want to hear another podcast? Check this one out: Habits of Highly Effective Small Business Owners


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