"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

Lisa's Blog

Your Health... Whose Responsibility is It?

Lisa Cutforth - Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Taking Responsibility: 

 What does Responsibility mean to you?  To me, it has always had connotations of obligation, accountability, ownership, and being loaded with a generous pinch of judgment and self-blame or liability. It conjures up images of my childhood with my mother saying:  “You need to take responsibility for your actions, Lisa”.   It was a good thing to learn: to not blame others and to realize how much control we have over our actions and our lives, even if I didn’t want to own that responsibility all the time. 

“You take responsibility for your life and a terrible thing happens… no one to blame!”

It was at a seminar (Success and You) a couple of weekends ago, that I fully grasped the absolute power behind what taking responsibility can mean.   They referred to responsibility as your ‘ability to respond”.  WOW!  That’s a pretty cool way of looking at it!  So by taking responsibility, you are acknowledging your ability to respond.  You are not a passive recipient in the world but an active entity!  Up until then I had always taken responsibility (or tried to) but did it somewhat begrudgingly!  I loved the freedom and power that came with seeing it in this new light: responsibility: your “response ability” or “ability to respond”. 

So how does it apply to real life?

I was chatting to a friend about it and he shared a wonderful story that perfectly illustrated the concept.  He attended a talk, in which Alan Pease (the body language guy) revealed that he had had cancer and was now in remission.  Alan was talking about his experience of cancer and shared with the group his empowering yet somewhat confronting view on it.  He said he believed that he got cancer because he did something wrong.  He was really clear on this and really empowered by this belief explaining that by acknowledging that, he could learn from it and change it.  If he accepted that he had done something wrong, and he could find out what it was, he was embracing that he had control over what happened next and he was giving himself the power to change and heal, in his case, recover fully and prevent relapse (pretty important goals for cancer sufferers).  He was acknowledging that he could do something differently, that he still had an ability to respond.  By taking responsibility for his condition, he regained some control of the situation, the ball was back in his court.  By taking responsibility for your health, your life, your actions, you take back your power, you are free to respond and move forward in any way you choose immediately thereafter.  You are claiming just how much power you have over what happened or what happens next.  By not taking responsibility or holding others responsible, you give your power away, you are effectively saying I have no control over that, which leaves you powerless to change and grow or influence others and circumstances. 

It would appear that taking responsibility takes you to the point for maximum growth.  It is so rich with potential and so powerful!  Here’s to taking back your power!

   
 

Recent Posts


Tags

quizz weightloss weight loss motivation health one step at a time benefits of sleeping happiness course breast cancer awareness great second hand books addicted to chocolate Cancer to know and not do is not yet to know performance empty your mind how to love exercise love, loneliness cooking class in brisbane muffins Lactose intolerance skip meals libido Add new tag soccer, role of team sports in longevity, role of exercise and community in longevity hunger and stress healthy cooking demonstration sexy salads music breakfast focus childrens lunch boxes seasonal quick and tasty recipes overindulge ability to respond obesity leaky gut, gut health, symptoms of leaky gut blood pressure Alan Pease cooking with allergies organic vegetables fresh start what is a good breakfast how to avoid doing the right thing and getting the wrong results heart foundation tick explained health for busy people Sensational how to check your breasts anxiety feels good indigestion relax relationship with food 7 steps to detox reasons to eat foods in season 7 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart homocysteine trans fats health with 10 % effort real food sugar and adhd recipies have fun in the kitchen stress, keys to managing stress, benefits of stress getting fit reducing coffee healthy cooking party fruit go for 2 and 5 nutrition fatigue food allergies are frozen veggies any good is sugar bad wrong type of exercise, exercise and results Nina Simone healthy shopping list detox how to be happy ways to improve prostate health sexy salad natural alternatives to drugs avoiding a choice do i have to drink milk; where do i get calcium from; non dairy calcium sources fruit and vegetable shortage recipe calorie controlled diet I've Got Life how to say no foods in season, seasonal recipes I don't get hungry success and you comfort foods how to avoid injury during exercise immune boosting tips healthy wine, healthy beer, healthy alcohol options memory sustainable living, rural development, organic gardening, rampumps, biogas celebrate life Egg allergy sensitivity to milk low calorie meal plan corporate wellness comfort eating gift mood best exercise soft drink and behaviour problems low calorie diet comfort pig time management and healthy living nutritious cooking christmas health pioneers herbal toothpaste weight happiness workshop sugar and add nutritionist in brisbane making time to relax healthy fast food, healthy take away lunch cholesterol lowering diet have more energy maintain a healthy weight, underweight mobile phones and brain cancer, Dr Teo Happiness nutritionist diet diary of a nutritionist support your body high cholesterol alzheimers diet diary what is movember muscle wasting cheap fruit and vegetables, what's in season in autumn in australia gluten intolerance life love food drugfree alternatives the tummy beast nutritious health quick recipes healthy cooking parties nutritionists diet diary fresh soft drink and behavior problems taking a break natural toothpaste increasing energy life choices what is healthy food taking responsibility ask my doctor assertiveness healthy shopping brain health Dr Randy Pausch on Oprah dancing Nutritional Therapist strength four questions you must ask your doctor before taking medication control dance life lessons food intolerances 10 % principle skipping meals quick eating solutions dangers of multitasking while you eat Lisa's Diary which is better for you butter or margarine should I eat organic veggies recipes for allergies benefits of strength training, why you should strength train salad allergies fussy eaters fun breast cancer awareness video hot guys how to get more of exercise fun pop-eye and spinach the power to choose image breast cancer prevention improve your memory heart disease low cholesterol immune system new year's resolutions simple 7 day detox plan food sensitivities is chocolate bad for me prostate cancer are grains healthy keep focused make stress work for you benefits to keeping a diet diary energy delicious Laughter and stress

Archive