You know the type, that person that you can count on, the one that you aspire to be more like. Well, guess what you can be ‘that’ person too. The one that people look up to because they are reliable, trustworthy, and take responsibility for their actions.
When we make excuses or try to blame other people or external factors for the eventual outcome of something, not only are we failing to take responsibility, but we are demonstrating a character trait which is very common in people who fail to succeed in anything. [i.e. I had no time to do anything for my team this week…]
In shouldering responsibility, ourselves, we are giving ourselves the power to shape the outcome ourselves and are therefore taking an active and not a passive role in how the outcome turns out. The more we do the more we receive when it is done in the right mindset.
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
The Wisdom of Solomon tells us that “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Eccles 9:10) because you are, as Paul tells the Colossians, “serving the Lord Christ” and not really man. You are responsible for what you do at work and at home in all your actions. We can leave either a good witness or a bad example and shame the cause by doing shoddy work, being unreliable, late, or slacking off on our responsibilities as a professional.
When you are chosen for membership with A-Team it is because we saw in you ’That’ person! What does that mean? In a nutshell, we expect greatness. We expect professional and personal growth in your life, and we are here to help you achieve that. You should be finding ways each week to be an example, to stand up at the end of the meeting and be proudly accountable for your actions.
I love what a member of ours once said about a person joining the A-Team; “Every member is here because they have value, they contribute not once but weekly, they understand that there is a time expectation, and they know their seat has to be continually earned by their efforts” I would add that it is all of our responsibility to be our best version of ourselves not once but all the time. In everything we do, to not be a burden on others instead strive to be an inspiration, someone to look up to, someone others aspire to be more like in a nutshell a Power Connector.
When we as Power Connectors say, “I know someone that can help”. It is with the knowledge that we can recommend a member with a confidence others lack because they do not have a team… a Tribe such as this. Make sure you never lose that gift or abuse that level of respect in your abilities. You are the elite – the cream of the professionals in the Panhandle – do not take that lightly.
Accepting responsibility – both personal and indirect responsibility – is one of the most important factors in defining a person’s true character. When that responsible moment comes, what you do – or don’t do – is an indication of the type of person you really are.
Make no mistake, accepting responsibility – both personal and indirect – is a major factor in receiving the respect and admiration of those around you. Accepting responsibility is not only the right thing to do, but it’ll pay more long-term dividends than you can now imagine.
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
Cheers to success! ~Kristi A. Kirkland