2016 & TAKING RESPONSIBILITY? - does it mean I have to drag up all my past mistakes? NO THANKS!


“It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide that I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.“- Pope John XXIII

There something awesomely powerful about this quote.

It’s about knowing that the buck stops with you!



But read on.

Taking responsibility is a magnanimous concept.

If you see it as having to drag all your past mistakes into the present and take the blame for them, then taking responsibility is going to be a virtual impossibility. Who would want to put themselves through such a nightmare?

But taking responsibility is not about that.

Rather  taking responsibility is about empowerment!  By taking responsibility you empower yourself to create anything that you want.

It’s about using your head space to focus on how to get what you want – what you need to do to make the change.

I always remind my coaching clients that by coming to see me is a choice they made around taking responsibility. They decided they wanted to grow and develop and get support and encouragement.

In fact I have  strong views that people who decide to go for coaching have empowered themselves. I even think that the difference between coaching and psychotherapy is around the responsibility concept.

If you haven’t ‘seen the light’ stay with your psych.

Self transformation is something that cannot be outsourced – it has to come from within .

When you are ready, go ahead.

In the meantime don’t forget to take responsibility for the cost of your inertia.

This cost is okay as long as you factor it in and refrain from beating yourself up about what you aught to be doing.

. . . . . . . Then take the plunge! – 2016 is a good starting point.





About the author:

Clive Kaplan is a prolific writer on LinkedIn PULSE. He has written over 45 articles on various topics from financial management and operations to job search and confidence building. He is also the author of the series “winQs” (pronounced ‘winks’) which appears regularly on the LinkedIn network. 

Being a CA(SA) with over 20 years’ experience as an executive director in both listed and unlisted companies Clive brings some interesting perspectives to the field of management. Having been involved at Director/Board level, he offers a wealth of wisdom on both the people and business front.

Clive is the CEO of GREEN MIND CAPITAL (Pty) Ltd. The company  focuses on assisting executives, especially emerging young CA’s, maximize their potential and fast-track their careers.

Clive has been involved with coaching and self-development since 1994. He has a particular interest in Cognitive Awareness Technology (CAT) and has completed a number of advanced courses on the topic including Way of The Warrior, The Power of Self Esteem and Purpose, The Art of Joyful Living, Making Money Count, The Power of Connection, The I Am Training, The More To Life Training, Joy Spring, A and B Phase Mentor Training, ORSC Basic Course and All the World’s a Stage.

Clive’s mix of years of practical executive experience coupled with his own personal self-development journey brings together a unique method of Transformation Coaching.

Clive is also a ORT Jet mentor and works closely with the More To Life program, both on a voluntary basis.