People with Gumption take 100% responsibility for their thoughts, actions, and interactions with others.
As a result, there are certain phrases they just don’t say out loud.
Here are five:
- It’s not my responsibility.
- It’s not my fault.
- It’s not fair.
- It’s not in my job description.
- I hate (fill in the blank) … my job, going to school, having to do chores, etc.
It’s not my responsibility may or may not be true. But if it’s said in a defensive way then it probably is your responsibility. People with Gumption don’t say it in a reactionary way. If it’s true that something is not their responsibility, they respond with a conversation about who’s responsibility it is and why.
It’s not my fault. When you live your life taking 100% responsibility for your thoughts, actions, and interactions, then it’s impossible to blame. Defensively claiming something isn’t my fault is casting blame on someone else. Listening to a person’s concern and responding in a way that shows understanding of the problem demonstrates Gumption.
It’s not fair is a pity party. People with Gumption understand that life happens and that it’s their response to challenges and difficulties that matters. It’s not fair is turning over the power of your thinking to circumstances.
It’s not in my job description is running away. When work needs to be done, people with Gumption figure out how to get it done. People with Gumption are natural leaders and help others take responsibility.
I hate (fill in the blank) … Ouch! Hating is the strongest negative energy a person can hold. People with Gumption may not like, find fun, fully embrace, enjoy … but they don’t hate. It’s impossible to be responsible for your thinking and hate at the same time. Hating gives away your future happiness to someone or something else.
What do you regularly say that is keeping you from taking 100% responsibility?