Culture, society, family, school etc condition us to be responsible and what it means to be responsible. Being responsible means doing the right thing (even though that makes you miserable) so that you can be perceived as being good and acceptable from other people. It means conforming to expectations.
Taking responsibility has quite a different meaning. It means to regard yourself as a powerful causal force for your experience of life. You have the ability to choose your response to situations in life.
You, through your choices and action or inaction, can be seen as the primary cause for what you want to create in life.
Being responsible is a commitment to being good and doing right.
Taking responsibility is a commitment to own your life, to self-leadership, growth, and freedom (inspired by the “Responsibility Process” book).
What would it mean for you to take 100% responsibility for your life or for what is happening in your life right now?