There is a direct relationship between the acceptance of responsibility and the amount of personal control you feel you have over your life. This means that the more you accept responsibility, the greater sense of control you experience.
There is also a direct relationship between the amount of control you feel you have and how positive you feel. The more you feel that you have a high “sense of control” in the important areas of your life , the more positive and happy you are in everything you do.
When you accept responsibility, you feel strong, powerful and purposeful. Accepting responsibility eliminates the negative emotions that rob you of happiness and contentment.
In every situation, the antidote to negative emotions is to say “I am Responsible”. Then look into the situation to find the reason why you are responsible for what happened or for what is going on.
Your intelligence is like a double-edge sword:
it can cut in either direction.
You can use your intelligence to rationalize, justify and blame other people for things you are not happy about or you can use your intelligence to find reasons why you are responsible for what happened and then take action to solve the problem or resolve the situation.
You can make excuses or you can make progress.
Even if an accident has occurred, such as your car being damaged in the parking lot while you are at work, you may not be legally at fault for the accident. But you are still responsible for your responses, for how you behave as a result of what happened.