By Lori Hamilton
Administrator, Continuing Care
Life is full of choices and the outcomes of those choices influence the decisions each of us make. You and only you are responsible for your life. Responsibility must be embraced by you and me in order for us to obtain happiness and success in both our personal lives and careers.
Merriam-Webster defines Responsibility as the quality or state of being responsible: as moral, legal or mental accountability. Other definitions include: “a moral obligation to behave correctly toward or in respect of.” Author Skip Downing defines responsibility as “the ability to respond wisely at each fork in the road, your choices moving you ever closer to your desired outcomes and experiences.”
Our Erickson Living value of Responsibility is defined as demonstrating an understanding of how individual performance impacts the broader organization by:
• Taking personal accountability for our own actions and behaviors.
• Ensuring that issues are resolved with a sense of urgency and in a timely manner.
Taking ownership of our own behaviors and the consequences of those behaviors will define how we personalize responsibility. Until we accept our actions and behaviors, which may include failures, we will be faced with challenges. Ultimately, we will develop self-respect and have the respect of others.
Author Shawn Jackson reflects on steps we should take:
• You own it, you apologize for it, and you make things right.
• Then our true character will be realized. Respect and admiration will be ours as well.
Accepting responsibility is not only the right thing to do, but it will be more rewarding than you can ever imagine.
As Susan Heathfield says, “Live every day as if what you do matters – because it does.”
Be intentional about Responsibility.