"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


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