I believe that being responsible means doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. It means setting priorities and taking action on them.
When we are responsible, we don’t postpone a task because it makes us uncomfortable, or it is something we really don’t want to do. We live up to the promises we make, not just to others, but to ourselves as well.
Being responsible also means we learn to manage our time in order to accomplish our goals but at the same time, we don’t take on so much that we become overwhelmed. If we overextend ourselves, it is not healthy for our recovery and we likely won’t live up to our commitments.
If we take care of our commitments, even if it something we might like to ignore, we feel better about ourselves. Each step we take towards being responsible and productive helps to raise our self-esteem and our relationships with friends, family and co-workers improve ten-fold.
Being responsible pays big dividends – we have much less stress and chaos in our lives and we gain the respect of others.
Is it easy to learn to be responsible? Not always. Is it worth it? Absolutely yes.