All the best responsibility is taken.
THE POWER OF HEALTHY RESPONSIBILITY
You all have seen and felt the unpleasant power of unhealthy responsibility. When a martyr takes on the burden of someone else’s responsibility, that’s unhealthy. And when a blamer places responsibility on somebody else’s shoulders, that’s unhealthy. The journey of conscious living is a journey of getting the responsibility formula just right: 100 percent for you and 100 percent for me.
Healthy responsibility is defined as taking 100 percent responsibility for yourself while inspiring others to take 100 percent responsibility. Healthy responsibility can be contrasted with two forms of unhealthy responsibility—the condition of less than 100 percent (perceiving yourself as a victim) and the condition of more than 100 percent (perceiving others as victims and you as their caretaker).
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – JANUARY 3
Today, mount a vigilant search for any ways in which you are thinking of yourself as a victim or thinking of others as victims. Begin your inquiry by saying these statements out loud, trying them on like you’d try on a new wardrobe:
- I know how to make clear agreements with others.
- I enter into agreements initiated by others clearly and consciously.
- I can be counted on to do what I say I will do.
- I can be counted on not to do what I say I will not do.
- I know how to handle instances when I break agreements.
- I know how to handle instances when others break agreements with me.
- I know how to change agreements that are not working.
- Others keep their agreements with me.
- I take healthy responsibility for my life and the projects in which I’m involved.
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