I am the most powerful person in my life. This statement forms the basis for my understanding of personal responsibility. In my understanding, personal responsibility is the ability of an individual to accept the consequences of their decisions and actions, and the capacity to acknowledge that their actions affect the people around them. Essentially, personal responsibility is concerned with self respect and self control, which enables an individual, be accountable for their deeds. Summarily, personal responsibility is all about a postulation that an individual takes ownership of his or her own account. The individual takes unqualified control of his or her life by always maintaining answerability for all the decisions.
An individual determines the level of their personal responsibility in political, social and legal circles. It is imperative to mention that the deeds of a person and individual awareness are the main determinant of the relationship between an individual and those around him. This may explain why lack of personal responsibility could lead to legal problems such as imprisonment. For instance, lack of personal responsibility can make an individual to steal or kill. This comes with legal consequences. Similarly, an individual who embraces personal responsibility becomes acceptable among his peers, and this may boost his political capacity, making him a potential leader. Apparently, all individuals have a role to play in all environments – school, work place and even within the family (Young, 2012). There is a close connection between personal responsibility and educational achievements. An individual that is honest and embraces integrity is likely to perform better than a dishonest person who endeavors to use shortcuts.
As a way of enhancing personal responsibility, an individual can borrow a leaf from his peers and even his teachers. A person can do this by selectively picking actionable traits from the people around him. Friends and seniors can be a source of inspiration as far as personal responsibility development is concerned. While developing personal responsibility, I believe that the future is tied to the current conduct. As such, one should at all times embrace such positive traits as integrity, dedication to useful things and positive attitudes. Attitude can make or break and individual.
I endeavor to embrace personal responsibility along my academic journey, so as to grow into a respectable performer. This means that I will have to strive to achieve my personal objectives while keeping in mind the desires of all people around me. Avoiding shortcuts and dishonest ways of attaining goals is paramount as this keeps an individual on the right track all through (Brown, 2009). Speaking of shortcuts in the field of academics, I will endeavor to avoid cheating and academic dishonesty at all times. Personal responsibility is one among the primary tenets associated with achievers.
According to Brown (2009), personal responsibility is based on having the courage to welcome positive achievements, as well as personal mistakes. People that accept constructive criticism easily achieve goals as they are capable of working on their weaknesses and sealing all faults, which are likely to pull them down. Achieving goals calls for the ability and willingness to accept honest criticism. I will always endeavor to espouse such criticism as a way of achieving both personal and institutional goals.
In conclusion, it is clear that, from the foregoing, students should apply personal responsibility in all decisions that they make and every activity that the engage in. This means that a student that seeks to be successful in their academic endeavors should espouse personal responsibility in their thoughts, actions and emotional reactions. According to Young (2012), realization of personal responsibility objectives depends on individual himself.
Brown, A. (2009). Personal responsibility: Why it matters. London: Continuum.
Young, Joann. (2012). Personal Responsibility a Dying Concept. Xlibris Corp.