Take Responsibility for Your Success

by Joe Lavelle on February 14, 2010

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In my new book Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail, I spend an entire chapter focusing on the concept the victim in the workplace.  I am sure that all of you know someone who constantly plays the victim in the office … hopefully, that someone isn’t you!  The victim is always having things done TO him or her at work.  He gets passed over for a promotion that rightfully should belong to him.  She is not appreciated by her idiot boss for the great Power Point slides that she creates for every meeting.  He does not see how greater personal effort or increased accounability may result in a better work environment for the entire company.

I advocate the need for more personal responsibility and accountability in all aspects of our lives, but particularly in terms of creating our own professional success.  In a recent post on her blog 45 Things, writer Anita Bruzzese shares a book with her readers that she believes will help employees refocus their outlook for greater success.  The book is The 85% Solution: How Personal Accountability Guarantees Success and it is written by Linda Galindo, an executive coach and accountability expert.

Galindo believes that you need to “decide that you’re going to step up and answer for your results.”  And, she offers six questions that we all should be asking of ourselves to test our current level of personal responsibility.  Some of these questions include:

1. Are you responsible whether the results are good or bad?

2. Are you dealing with the present and letting go of past annoyances or regrets?

3. Are you policing yourself?  She mentions the need to focus on “I” messages.  Own the problem and create the solution.

I recommend that you read Anita Bruzzese’s entire post and check out the work of Linda Galindo as well.  Then, if you haven’t already, empower yourself by making the decision to be responsible for your own success!

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