You are totally responsible for your life. This is the foundation principle you must embrace if you plan for happiness and success in life and work. Part 3 of our series “Choices” talks about Responsibility. Written by Dejon Smith.


“I’ll have a number one, LARGE, with a double bacon burger, extra fry, apple pie, and a diet coke, I’m watching my figure”. That has been a phrase far to familiar for myself being a former child of the Food Service Industry. Experiencing countless people who believe that a minute healthy option amongst a pile of calorie and cholesterol filled decadence will balance out their idea of the process towards good health. It a belief that is basically embracing your bad habits, and slightly adding a healthy option, expecting acceptable results to better health….it’s kind of crazy in a sense, by definition. IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP PEOPLE!

There are many options and choices available to people if you seek to utilize them. Rewinding back to the restaurant example, taking the responsibility to take control of your health and dream of getting that result is in a sense your responsibility to achieve it. Webster’s Dictionary defines Responsibility as:

re·spon·si·bil·i·ty noun \ri–ˌspän(t)-sə–ˈbi-lə–tē\

: the state of being the person who caused something to happen

: a duty or task that you are required or expected to do

: something that you should do because it is morally right, legally required, etc.

Highlighting the first definition focusing on the wording “state of being the person who caused something to happen “,focusing on the individual taking the ownership of their actions and also for the results of those actions as well. Being responsible has been a challenge for many individuals from a very young age onward.

In early childhood, many youth are conditioned to survive, and avoid being reprimanded. Avoiding negative feedback from parents can place into a youths mentality to diverge the disciple towards either someone else, or creating a figurative circumstance in order to appear innocent, i.e. lying. The birth of this defense mechanism has been a weed that poisons our mentalities throughout our lives.

Relating the lie, and responsibility is a challenge in many respects due to the fact that both are present in the lack of the other. I personally bigstock-A-man-decides-that-life-is-wha-33761066-CROPPEDrequest that this mentality of diverging responsibility


become an extinct idea if we plan to progress as a species. Taking ownership of the truth and living by the truth is highly respected but rarely implemented in our society. Owning your place in the world builds not only the community and respect amongstyour peers, but also honesty within yourself.

Taking responsibility for your community, your family, your life, your health, your history and your future is so needed for success and the pursuit of your own happiness. If things in your communities aren’t receiving positive and politically sound actions, then stand up against it. If you feel separated from any community or environment due to segregation, then speak up against it. Taking ownership of how you are seen and respected is all dependent upon yourself and what you demand from your environment.

I am a Chicago Native (Chi-town) but I recently relocated to New York (HUGE culture shock). But regardless, I moved to New York to pursue my dreams of becoming a successful, working/performing singing artist. I saw the vision before me in my mind, and I had a goal to reach. I took responsibility for my dreams and implemented action. I quit my job, packed up my car, and moved to New York City. Taking my “Leap of Faith” to my dreams was the best ownership I had to take for myself. I encourage all reading this, to take a leap of faith into your dreams and grab a hold on where you want your life to go.

It isn’t easy to take ownership of your actions, but doing so creates a truth in your mind that leaves room for improvement or praise depending on the circumstance. When we start to all stand up and back up what we do then we will have a clearer perspective to take appropriate actions, instead of assuming or manipulating information” When you grab hold of your truth, you’ll ride with it till the wheels fall off”.

From what you eat, what truths you speak, to the actions you take, know that you are fully responsible for all that comes into your world, own them, embrace your flaws and your triumphs, and build a better you, if you so choose to. Reach your limits and push further when you get there. Alter your diet for responsibility, might be difficult but it is not impossible. Own your responsibility and evolve with it.

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