Accepting Responsibility is Key to Change

Published on January 11, 2013


by Art and Anna Kleimer

9 January 2013 Dutch headline:

A group of seven unemployed pilots are attempting to sue ABN Amro bank for being irresponsible in granting them huge loans to pay for their training, RTL news reports.

The pilots say the bank was far too lax in allowing them to borrow thousands of Euros to pay for their flying schools while there is little prospect of finding work.

9 January 2013 Wall Street Journal:

Starr International Co., the company headed by AIG's 87-year-old former chief executive, Maurice R. "Hank" Greenberg, seeks $25 billion in damages for AIG and its shareholders. [from the government and American taxpayers alleging the government abused AIG shareholders by bailing out the company and saving it from bankruptcy]

Months of headlines in many papers:

Guns do not kill people, people kill people.



A noun -- is defined as accountability, authority to act, to be responsible for someone or something, to accept blame.

In my world one of my great dividing lines is the dividing line of responsibility.  No matter what the issue I make a judgment based on whether the individual accepts or rejects responsibility.

When I hear someone accept responsibility I am drawn to them. 

When I hear rejection of responsibility I run away from them. 

In my world this applies to all issues large and small, personal and impersonal, issues we have powerful control over and issues we do not have powerful control over.

I believe we are responsible for our world.  If something is important to me then it is important that I act to create the world in which I want to live.  Complaining without acting is not acceptable.  If it is important enough to complain about it is important enough to act upon.

As much as we all sometimes want to stay in bed rather than face the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, staying in bed means nothing will change.  A favorite Winston Churchill quote illustrates this so well, “If your going through Hell, keep going."

Action may or may not bring you to a better place.  Inaction will always leave you in your Hell.

In the end, I believe, the only person ultimately responsible for me is me. 

The only person ultimately responsible for you is you. What are you going to take responsibility for today to change in your life?

Would you like my help?

As a friend and colleague, I willing will help with the heavy lifting of life IF and only IF you too are willing to do the heavy lifting.

photo credit: Nanagyei via photopin cc


Art and Anna Kleimer are internationally known speakers and coaches having served audiences such as Realtors, business entrepreneurs, couples, and individuals, are graduates of Dr. Fred Grosses’ Blackbelt of the Mind Coaching programs, and authors of  Power Living: Living Your Life, Liberty and Happiness. They are Certified Professional Coaches, Graduates of the REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialists (CRS), and Howard Brinton Star Power Stars. Book Art and Anna as your next speakers or coaches or go to to learn more.

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