Re·spon·si·bil·i·ty- the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within ones power, control, or management.

Responsibility; it’s a word that conjures up different meanings for different people. In all actuality it is a word that is inexplicably linked to freedom and liberty.  Have you heard the phrase, “Where there is freedom, there is choice, and where there is choice, there is responsibility, and where there is responsibility, there is accountability”.

If you will indulge me for moment; we can take this saying piece by piece. Freedom allows a man or woman to create their own way, express their own thoughts, enjoy their own time, believe what they wish, have values and are allowed to act in a way that is consistent with all or part of the above mentioned actions.

However, along with the freedom of choice, there must be responsibility.  So, here it comes… you have the freedom to make your own choices in almost all cases in your life. Liberty and freedom guarantee us the right to our own choices.  However, if you choose it … you are responsible for it. Whether it be your job, your house, your finances, how you raise your children, how you think, how you feel, what you believe and so on. It is your choice to make.

Have you ever communicated something to someone like a subordinate or a friend, and they misunderstood you and did something different? It has happened to all of us at one time or another.  If you choose your words, and expect a certain outcome it is incumbent upon you for what you communicated, and the end result is the consequences of your communication.  I know that seems a bit strange to consider, however the words came from you or me that we wanted a certain result. So doesn’t it make sense to believe that the end result will bear out our communication?  Your communication, your responsibility!

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