I recently had lunch with two great women who have achieved substantial success in life and business. However, like so many people, they were taking way too much responsibility for others. As I speak around the country about burn-out, I see this trend over and over.
You are NOT responsible for the actions of others. If someone comes into work in a bad mood, it's not your fault. Nor do you have to fix it. Women in particular are great "fixers." Stop. Focus your energy and attention on being the best you can be, and let go of worrying about the behavior of others. You can't control them anyway, and you certainly cannot change them. Let every individual make their own choices.
How to Stay Clear of Over-Responsibility
• Don't Take it Personally If someone is rude, short-tempered or curt with you, recognize it's about them. They may have been in a fight or lost a loved one or been cut off in traffic. It's not about YOU.
• Take a Good Look at Your Schedule How much of it is taking on others' tasks and responsibilities? Have you over-committed? Are you doing the work others should be doing? Stop, renegotiate those commitments, and don't take on anything that isn't yours.
• Lighten Up Life is so hard if you continually worry about others' opinions and problems. Yes, it is appropriate to give back to the community and do service work. But not at the expense of your health and well-being. Focus first on your life, your needs and your issues, and allow yourself to relax and have joy, freedom and peace of mind.
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