Accepting Responsibility

By Zig Ziglar

November 13, 2013 3 min read

Today, one of the laments we hear from employers, parents, educators, etc., is that it's difficult to find someone who will accept responsibility for their performance and/or behavior. Too many people, we moan, are irresponsible.

This has been true since the beginning of time, and it started with Adam and Eve. God placed them in a garden replete with all the heart could desire. He told them that everything was for them, except for one tree in the middle of the garden.

Most of us know the story. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. That evening, God came walking in the garden and, in this slightly altered version of the Scriptures, called out, "Adam, where are you?"

Now God knew where Adam was, but he wanted Adam to speak up. Adam responded, "Over here, Lord." Then God asked, "Adam, did you eat the forbidden fruit?" Again, God knew that he had, but he wanted Adam to confess. Adam did the manly thing when he responded, "Lord, let me tell you about that woman you gave me." God then asked Eve, "Eve, did you eat the fruit?" Eve kept the ball rolling by responding, "Lord, let me tell you about that snake." And obviously, the snake didn't have a leg to stand on!

Yes, I understand that theologically speaking I don't have a leg to stand on with that story, but the point is this: Most of us do not have a leg to stand on when we blame others for our difficulties. It's OK to blame them for problems in the past and for causing certain situations of the moment, but we must accept responsibility for our own performance. When we do that, our future immediately gets brighter because we are in position to do something about it. Take that approach to life, and I'll see you at the top!

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