Being responsible means being accountable for what you do - for your actions, words, and behavior. It also means doing the right thing at the right time, so others can trust and depend on you. A responsible person is trustworthy and dependable. People can count on you to do what is right; and, when you make a mistake, you will admit it, apologize for it, and correct the actions that led to the mistake.
When you demonstrate responsible behaviors to others, you inspire others to want to be better people too. It is a key ingredient in the recipe of success and a major factor in being a person with integrity.
When we act responsibly, or do the things we are responsible for doing, we have a positive consequence. A consequence is what happens as a result of our actions. When you are responsible, you have a positive outcome and you get the positive consequence for a job well done. If you are irresponsible, you feel the pain of a negative consequence for a job done poorly or not at all. Being responsible leads to more trust and freedom because people know they can count on you to do the things you are expected to do. Being responsible can also be a big part of keeping you safe.
A responsibility might be a task you are expected to do. For example, your parents expect you to brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth is “a responsibility” and it is your responsibility to brush your teeth every day. Another task example is that your teacher expects you to finish your homework on time and to do your best job. So it’s your responsibility to do your homework.
A responsibility might be a way you are expected to act. For example, your parents expect that if you go to play at the park, you will play in a way that won’t seriously hurt yourself or someone else. It’s your responsibility to have fun in a safe and courteous way.