7 Tips in taking responsibility for your marriage
If you want to know whether you take responsibility for your life, read the following 7 points and ask yourself honestly ‘Do I apply this principle in my life’?
1- Knowing who you want to be in a marriage
A successful and happy marriage requires love within oneself. You need to know the person that you wish to be and what is important to you. Clear Purpose and Values will guide your decision-making and empower you to prioritise and focus on the important matters.
2- Knowing what you want in a healthy marriage
When you know what you want from life, you can take responsibility for each decision and action that you take. These decisions can be based on their ability to help you move closer to the life you want. You set effective goals and you pursue them.
3- Stop blaming your spouse
Blaming your life partner is the easy way out and it is a trap that we all fall into. But, when you blame your partner what you are really doing is stating that you are incapable of rectifying the situation. When something goes wrong, blaming others strips you of your power but when you take responsibility; your primary focus is to identify what went wrong so that you can rectify it. Even if somebody else screwed up; remember the following:
- It’s unlikely that they deliberately screwed up
- You are probably the person who asked them to perform the task
- You could have checked beforehand whether they could do what was asked of them
- Most importantly, throwing around blame will not solve the problem that has happened
To rectify a problem, you need to take responsibility, identify what went wrong, determine what you can do differently next time and, put your plan into action. If you need to tell somebody else that their performance needs to improve, tell the truth approach. Choose to empower with the truth rather than attack.
4- Are you blaming yourself for the actions
Just because you are not going to blame others; it does not mean that you should blame yourself. Let me be clear, whether you blame others or you blame yourself, blame weakens those involved and blocks your rational thought and creativity. You do not need to punish someone; you need to solve a problem. Take responsibility for the situation, identify the changes you need to make and make them.
5- Being honest with yourself no matter what
In order to take responsibility for your life, you must first give up all of the excuses. You know those old stories that you pass off as facts of life so that you do not even try to make the necessary changes, e.g.:
- I’m too old
- I’m too young
- I’m too busy
- I can’t be loved
- Those things don’t happen for people like me
There are many more examples which I could give but I am sure that you get the point. Cut the excuses; cut the B.S.; take responsibility for your life and make the changes which you would really like to make.
6- Recognizing that you benefit from the Status quo in a marriage
If something in your marriage needs to change but you are not changing it; you are benefiting from the situation in some way. You could easily come up with excuses but when you take responsibility, you identify the ways in which you are benefiting from the current situation and then you attempt to maintain those benefits even after you have made the necessary changes.
For example, if you were spending too much time drinking alcohol down the pub, you would first examine what the benefits were. If you realised that the benefits were that you enjoyed socialising with your friends, you could choose to organise social events in a different environment e.g. dinner parties, theatre, cinema etc. This would greatly increase your chances of successfully changing your habits around drinking. However, if you fail to acknowledge and recognise the benefits, your chances of success are greatly diminished.
7- Knowing you have choices within your life
Of all the silly stories that we tell ourselves, perhaps the silliest of them all is that ‘I had no choice’. When we do something that we regret or that we know that we really should not have done, we pull out this beauty of an excuse. We think that it absolves us of all responsibility for the outcomes of our decisions.
Regardless of the situations, there is always a choices. It may be an unpleasant choice, and it may feel as though there is no realistic alternative but you do have to make a choice. The most effective people take responsibility for their choices and are willing to stand by them; even if it makes them unpopular.
Taking responsibility starts with a clear sense of purpose. Discover your purpose within your marriage.
If you want to create a happy, health and successful marriage, you need to take responsibility. To take responsibility is not a single action. You need to take responsibility for each and every decision that you make in your life; the things you choose to do and the things you choose not to do. There is nothing wrong with dreaming of a better marriage, in fact, visualisation can be a powerful tool but unless you take responsibility and take action, that better life will never be anything more than a hope and a dream.