4 Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Actions

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Stop Blaming Others & Accept Responsibility
Stop Blaming Others & Accept Responsibility

When I was young and unfocused, and running wild on the streets of Stockholm, I blamed the outcomes of my choices on everyone around me. I was depressed and unhappy because I thought I had no control over my life. When I realized later that I was responsible for all that had happened in my teen years, it completely changed the way I look at life.

Here are 4 things you can do to start taking responsibility for your actions.

1. Stop Blaming Others

When you’re too busy pointing fingers at others, it becomes difficult to see your own faults. Even in situations where you’re the victim, blaming others doesn’t get you very far. Instead, it causes resentment, bitterness, and negative energy to linger.

When you stop blaming and accept responsibility, you’re no longer the victim. You’ll then have the upper hand and be able to change the situation to your liking.

Stopping to curb a bad action.
Correct Your Faults to Change Your Situation

2. Stop Complaining

Much like blaming others, complaining doesn’t get you anywhere. It plagues your thoughts with negative energy and, therefore, rids you of the ability to solve problems.

When you stop complaining, you’re rewiring your brain to thinking more positively. You’ll then be able to focus on all the things you can do to make things right instead of dwelling on what went wrong.

Andres Pira: Homeless to Billionaire




3. Change Your Perspective

One way to take responsibility is to change your emotional response and connection to an event. When I was fired from my first job, I felt angry and thought I didn’t deserve to be let go because my boss did not care about me. If I had instead acknowledged that my boss saw I was unhappy at the job, and that he was releasing me to find a job that was more fulfilling because he cared about me, then I would have felt grateful and more positive about my next steps.

Own Your Mistakes, Don’t Blame Others

4. Own Your Mistakes

I have met many accomplished, successful, and legendary change-makers in the world, and have noticed that they share one trait – great people are not afraid to admit they are wrong, and they make sure they don’t repeat the same mistakes twice. Great leaders grow in the eyes of their followers, and when they apologize and make sure they do things differently or not at all in the future, this behavior makes their followers see them as strong human beings and leaders who take responsibility for their mistakes and learn from them.

Are you ready to take responsibility?

Andres Pira: Homeless to Billionaire




Accepting Responsibility

Taking responsibility can be embarrassing, humbling, painful, and even costly. However, accepting responsibility for your choices can also be very empowering. Taking personal responsibility means not blaming others for your unhappiness. It means that you’ve figured out ways you can be happy despite others’ (negative) behaviors and external circumstances.

-Andres Pira

About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand, where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.

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