Gen 200 Personal Responsibility Essay

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Personal Responsibility Goes Hand-in-Hand with Success
September 30, 2012

I define personal responsibility as being in charge of myself. Personal responsibility goes hand-in-hand with success because it is possible to fail if I am undisciplined with my time management. Being undisciplined can cause me to procrastinate. Maintaining good health is vital to my academic success. I must be aware of the consequences of managing my health poorly. Controlling stress levels ensures that I am focused on my goals. There are perks to managing my emotions. Personal responsibility means having a possessing of duty. It means setting goals and standards. As a student, I realize that only I am responsible for the outcome of my academic career. Whether or not a student will succeed, depends on how well I manage my personal responsibility. In How to be Successful with a Personal Growth Plan, Lopper has an interesting idea on how one should approach personal responsibility and growth. Lopper states, “Identify the most important success factors in your plan and maintain your focus, continuing to address them despite life's distractions. Stay mentally strong and committed to your goals. Those most successful are often not the smartest or most talented, but the most focused and dedicated to their goals.”

It is possible to fail if I am undisciplined because studying and completing assignments in a timely manner so as not to fall behind is detrimental to the success of a student. If a student has a habit of procrastinating, he or she is undisciplined and is at risk of falling behind. Staying on top of my upcoming assignments and deadlines is how I plan on practicing personal responsibility. I believe it all comes down to the fact that I must take responsibility for my own academic success. Only I can have control over my classwork and learning. In the article, Who is to blame? Students, teachers and parents views on who is responsible for student achievement. The...
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