When I look closely at my life, I realize that I am responsible for all the decisions I've made and for the way things have turned out. Good or bad, it's all mine.
To paraphrase British legend Winston Churchill, the price of greatness--and success--is responsibility.
"Anytime we blame anyone or anything for what is happening in our lives, we are giving away all our power." ~ Susan Jeffers
The flip side of accepting responsibility for life is blaming someone or something for the things that are "wrong." Pick a scapegoat: your parents, your ex, your kids, your boss, your genes, the phase of the moon. Anything.
Blame is a power drain and a cop out that busts relationships and begets misery. Blame won't change what happened or the behavior of the person you blame. Better to kick the self-pity and say, "Okay, I made a mistake. Let's fix it, learn from it, and move on."
Wonderful 19th century suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton expressed it well: "Nothing strenghtens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility."
WAITING FOR YOU TO ASK...
"Everything that you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything that you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it." ~ Jack Canfield
Now here's the really cool thing: When you accept responsibility for your life, all of it, you also have the power to chose where you are and where you want to go. If you like, you can do it ALL. It's waiting for you.
Now, that's power... and responsibility.