Being responsible means being dependable, keeping promises, and honoring our commitments. It is accepting the consequences of what we say and do. It also means developing our potential.
People who are responsible don't make excuses for their actions or blame others when things go wrong. They think things through and use good judgment before they take action. They behave in ways that encourage others to trust them.
When someone is at fault, it takes a lot to own up to their error. It requires confidence and courage, and it also shows vulnerability. No one likes being wrong, but to move on and develop personally, it’s important to set the ego and pride aside.
Be aware that actions have consequences. Not only can it have a negative effect on the person that acted, but also on surrounding parties related to their action. However, actions can also have positive consequences. For example, let’s say someone forgot to hand in their homework. Don’t invent crazy excuses to try and get out of your mistake, go up and truthfully explain to your teacher what happened. Your teacher will likely respect you more for owning up to your mistake and making it right with her with your truth. Remember! Always be truthful. Make sure you don’t forget your homework again! We all learn from our mistakes, but that doesn’t mean you keep repairing that same mistake. It means you learn and grow from it. Organize yourself so it doesn’t happen again.
The older we get, the more responsibility we have. Keep your responsibilities organized so you can tend to all of them. If you believe you have too many responsibilities to keep track of, let your teacher, employer, or even yourself know about them. Responsibility needs to be spaced out evenly so you can also enjoy your time. Allow yourself to say no, and take on what you’re able to do.