How to Take Responsibility for Personal Performance

When you blame others, you give up your power to change

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Conscientiousness is the quality of being responsible, careful, diligent and taking responsibility for your actions and performance.

All of these obstacles could have been valid excuses to give up or to justify poor performance, but I instead decided to take the initiative on things that I had control over and accept the things that were out of my control.

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In today’s increasingly turbulent job market, conscientiousness offers protection against the threat of job loss.

In studies of job performance, outstanding effectiveness for virtually all jobs, from semi-skilled labour to sales and management depended on conscientiousness. This quality is important for outstanding performance in any role regardless of level or rank.

Focus on taking responsibility for what you can control.

In today’s increasingly turbulent job market, conscientiousness offers protection against the threat of job loss because individuals with this trait are among the most valued. There is usually an aura of sorts around people with this skill that makes them seem even better than they are. Their reputation for reliability biases their supervisor’s rating of their work which gives them higher evaluations than objective measures of their performance would predict.

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  1. Focus on what is in your control: You will be much more effective when you put your time and energy into the things that you can control. You can always control your attitude, what you do with your time, what you say to people, how much effort you put in and how open you stay to feedback. You can’t control the weather or how someone reacts to what you say, focusing on things that are out of your control will create a lot of unnecessary suffering for yourself and waste of energy. Focus on taking responsibility for what you can control.
  2. Set and maintain your standard of performance: Success is directly related to your productivity, commitment and performance. Hence, setting performance standards for yourself will help you to take intentional responsibility for your success. Make a list of the standard of performance you expect for yourself and do not settle for mediocrity. The enemy of great is good, never give in to a “good enough” mindset. For example, in sales, you could set a standard of connecting with 20 new prospects every week. Following through on your standard is equally important, be your own toughest critic.
  3. Hold yourself accountable: Being accountable is more than just being responsible for something. It is ultimately being answerable for your actions and the quality of your work. Accountability implies a sense of ownership for both positive and negative outcomes, it also implies doing something about your failures and obstacles. This could translate into asking for help from a colleague, putting in more effort, or doing your homework to understand what you are missing and making clear changes to improve your performance.

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