|Q: Does it take courage to be responsible?
Douglas Battista: Yes, it absolutely does. Assuming responsibility requires courage because I then become responsible for the outcomes and can’t lay the blame for my action or inaction elsewhere.
Q: I find myself tending to blame an event or even other people for my failures. In what ways does this hurt me?
Douglas Battista: When things don’t go as planned, it’s very natural for us to think of the reasons why our less-than-favorable outcome occurred the way that it did. We make another person or circumstance responsible for the shortfall, rather than looking inside ourselves for a solution. When we do this we’re essentially saying, “I’m Not Responsible”. These “Not-Responsible Responses” are repeated as complaints over and over again, which actually rob us of the time and energy to do something about them.