Put your name on it was used by Seth Godin referring to improving quality and responsiveness. He goes on to say that some people avoid responsibility by working for large organizations where you can avoid signing much of anything! Do you take responsibility for your actions?
As a successful executive, I signed or put my name on a lot of things! I signed leases, contracts, budgets, loan documents and letter obligating the corporation. I recently shared My Journey to Success details some of the things I did on my way to success. Did it matter that I put my name on it? Not one bit because I always took responsibility for my actions no matter who did what! As n owner, everything was my responsibility because it was mine. It was as simple as that!
Taking responsibility is more than signing something. Holding yourself accountable for your actions and decisions is very important. You are responsible for everything you do, feel, think, and who you are. You are answerable for the consequences of your actions. When you make a mistake, do you take responsibility? All successful people make mistakes, but they take responsibility for their mistakes and move on.
Successful people are responsible for the results. I always start with the outcome or goal and work backwards. If I wanted to run in a Marathon (26.2 miles) one year from now, I would set up a training schedule to meet that goal. I would set up milestones and monitor the results. I would adjust my efforts at each milestone to meet my expectations. So who else should take responsibility for the success or failure of this goal?
Are you proud of your results? Successful people are self-motivated, enthusiastic and self disciplined. They do not just go through the motions! Does it matter if they sign off or not? They want to be proud of the results because they take responsibility for the results. It is important for them to succeed. They may hear no, many times, but it does not stop them. They do whatever it takes to get it done!
Do you like reaching your goals? Do you like success? Are you strongly motivated to achieve? Successful people are focused on accomplishing goals, projects and know how to get things done. They may use lists, set priorities or just respond to a need, but they like that feeling of satisfaction of accomplishing results. Are you productive or just busy? How are you doing with your goals?
Are you a problem solver? Would you recognize an opportunity? You are faced with a problem that will keep you from meeting your goal, what do you do? If you make excuses and blame others, you lose! Successful people never make excuses; they take responsibility and solve the problem. Many years ago, I recall a boss who wanted something at a particular price. I took that as a challenge and I beat it by nearly a thousand dollars. My boss was impressed with the results!
How do you distinguish yourself in your decisions? Do you look for opportunities to make decisions? Are you afraid to make mistakes? If you make a lot of decisions, you will make mistakes. Don’t be afraid of mistakes! Successful people make a lot of mistakes, but they make more right decisions than wrong ones. That is why they are successful! Your judgment improves with practice so go out and make lots of decisions!
What makes successful people so special? They know how to be successful! They have the skills, talent and knowledge and know how to get what they do not know. Many years ago I had a consulting assignment with a non-profit organization. I never worked with a non-profit, but my approach to problem solving was solid. I learned what I did not know by asking questions. It was a successful assignment.
Success is not an elusive idea! Start with a goal and a plan, approach it enthusiastically, work on your skills, use your talent and get the training you need. Learn to work with people because successful people do not accomplish goals by themselves. Work hard to get what you want. Anything worthwhile is not easy. You must believe you will be successful in order to be successful. Put your name on it!
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