Michael ComerReview – Responsibility by Michael Comer
April 11, 2016 – Class at Bipolar Insights / Mental Health Educational Center

Marcia walks to the white board and writes “R” – we all begin to guess the word, the tension grows and then in a moment it is completed – “RESPONSIBILITY.” And, again the sigh. The first question Marcia asked was, “What does responsibility mean?” Several call out thoughts, all good, but not what Marcia is looking for. She wants us to dig deeper and not just speak buzz words or something someone has told us.

We began to see that responsibility is a very positive word; not a word that makes you feel inadequate.

What is responsibility? Some people describe it as the ability to respond, taking accountability for your actions, being responsible for something, or taking ownership. Before a person has responsibility, they have to set goals, be willing and ready, and also create a concrete plan that they know they can follow through on.

Acceptance is key before a person can become responsible because before you become responsible for an action, you have to accept what you will do.

Even before acceptance comes into play, truth is first. To find the light in our everyday lives, we must seek truth. You have to be truthful about what you’re accepting and thereby becoming responsible of.

If a person’s mental health is unstable, they have to be honest with themselves to accept they have a problem and grow to learn how to become responsible enough to get professional help. This way, you become actively responsible of your own health and you manage your illness instead of letting your illness manage you. You have to be your own advocate because only you know how you truly feel and what you are going through.

“The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.” – Steve Maraboli

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