last updated March 1, 2021

Seek responsibility over blame

by Rob Arthur

We often seek to assign blame when things don’t go as planned.

When we run into problems.

When life doesn’t pan out how we’d like.

When problems rear their ugly heads.

Blame has its benefit.

We can use it to figure out the root cause of a problem.

To figure out how to prevent it from happening again.

To right past wrongs.

Yet, blame has a downside.

It often solves only a part of the problem.

The work doesn’t stop at finding who or what to blame.

It stops at seeking and implementing solutions.

Blame doesn’t achieve this.

This comes from taking responsibility.

Deciding what to do.

Then doing it.

That’s the hard part.

But it’s oh so necessary.

Blame without responsibility is meaningless.

Blame looks backward.

Asking, “who’s at fault?”

“Who do we punish?”

It rarely brings meaningful progress.

Responsibility looks forward.

Asking, “who can help?”

“What can we do?”

Responsibility brings solutions.

Seek responsibility over blame.

Blame may or may not lie with you.

You can always take responsibility.

Even without taking the blame.

To which do you typically default?

Do you point the finger?

Or do you pursue action?

How can you break the pattern of blame?

What responsibility might you be avoiding?

You are worthy of health and happiness.

Worthy of a most excellent life.

Making that happen is your responsibility.

You’ve got this.


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