Ten Differences Between Assuming and Avoiding Responsibility

Assuming responsibility sets you free. Avoiding responsibility keeps you trapped.

Assuming responsibility means taking risks. Avoiding responsibility means playing it safe.

Assuming responsibility moves you forward. Avoiding responsibility holds you back.

Assuming responsibility makes things happen. Avoiding responsibility lets things happen.

Assuming responsibility gets you noticed. Avoiding responsibility gets you ignored.

Assuming responsibility gives you the chance to change. Avoiding responsibility gives you the chance to stay the same.

Assuming responsibility makes you a grateful giver. Avoiding responsibility makes you a thankless taker.

Assuming responsibility presents many opportunities. Avoiding responsibility presents many challenges.

Assuming responsibility shows that you embrace the best. Avoiding responsibility shows that you fear the worst.

Assuming responsibility makes you positive and progressive. Avoiding responsibility makes you negative and nervous.

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Ten Differences Between Talking and Speaking

Talking is cheap.                                       Speaking is expensive.

Talking is trash.                                        Speaking is treasure.

Talking is boring.                                     Speaking is interesting.

Talking is forgettable.                            Speaking is memorable.

Talking takes time.                                 Speaking is timeless.

Talking is off the cuff.                            Speaking is on the record.

Talking is mindless chatter.                 Speaking is mindful conversation.

Talking stretches the truth.                  Speaking states the truth.

Talking is loud and spontaneous.        Speaking is soft and thoughtful.

Talking is distant and detached.          Speaking is close and committed.

 

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Ten Differences Between Hearing and Listening

Hearing is words.                                    Listening is sentences.

Hearing is confusion.                            Listening is clarity.

Hearing is wasteful.                               Listening is beneficial.

Hearing is noise.                                     Listening is silence.

Hearing is fiction.                                   Listening is fact.

Hearing is confrontational.                 Listening is conversational.

Hearing is from the head.                    Listening is from the heart.

Hearing is fickle and frothy.                Listening is wise and worthy.

Hearing is fast and furious.                  Listening is slow and serious.

Hearing is reactive and selective.       Listening is responsive and comprehensive.

 

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Ten Differences Between Being Assertive and Being Aggressive

Being assertive draws on strength of character. Being aggressive draws on strength of mind and body.

Being assertive is responsive. Being aggressive is reactive.

Being assertive requires careful planning and preparation. Being aggressive requires careless planning and preparation.

Being assertive breeds calm and cooperation. Being aggressive breeds confusion and confrontation.

Being assertive has an aura of quiet and quality. Being aggressive has an aura of quick and quantity.

Being assertive involves others. Being aggressive involves yourself.

Being assertive builds bridges. Being aggressive builds walls.

Being assertive attracts friends and supporters. Being aggressive attracts enemies and detractors.

Being assertive results in long-term gain. Being aggressive results in long-term pain.

Being assertive shows that you are peaceful and perceptive. Being aggressive shows that you are problematic and provocative.

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Ten Differences Between Being Comfortable and Being Complacent

Being comfortable means that you are happy to continue to try and move forward.       Being complacent means that you are happy to continue to stay right where you are.

Being comfortable means that you are always ready and prepared to accept change. Being complacent means that you are never ready and prepared to accept change

Being comfortable means that you are eager to learn from others’ stories and experiences. Being complacent means that you know everything that you will ever need to know.

Being comfortable means that you have an abundance of creativity and commitment. Being complacent means that you have a lack of creativity and commitment.

Being comfortable means that you accept the need to adjust your speed when necessary. Being complacent means that you accept the need to constantly remain in cruise control.

Being comfortable means that you try to look for ways to add value to every situation. Being complacent means that you never try to look for ways to add value.

Being comfortable means that you are giving more to all of your relationships.              Being complacent means that you are giving less to all of your relationships.

Being comfortable means that you see yourself as having a career.                                 Being complacent means that you see yourself as having a job.

Being comfortable means that you do what you are asked to do because you want to.   Being complacent means that you do what you are asked to do because you have to.

Being comfortable means that you always ask the question:”What’s in it for you?”           Being complacent means that you always ask the question: “What’s in it for me?”

 

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Ten Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful Individuals

Successful individuals make things happen for themselves and others. Unsuccessful individuals let things happen to themselves and others.

Successful individuals talk less and do more. Unsuccessful individuals talk more and do less.

Successful individuals are responsive and responsible. Unsuccessful individuals are reactive and reckless.

Successful individuals see failure as a stepping stone to success. Unsuccessful individuals see failure as the final step.

Successful individuals are grateful givers who feel that they have more than enough. Unsuccessful individuals are greedy takers who feel that they never have enough.

Successful individuals look for the growth and opportunity in every challenge. Unsuccessful individuals look for the burden and challenge in every opportunity.

Successful individuals are positive and progressive. Unsuccessful individuals are negative and needy.

Successful individuals share the rewards with everyone. Unsuccessful individuals keep the rewards and share with no one.

Successful individuals are committed and have a Plan B.  Unsuccessful individuals are confused and refuse to plan ahead.

Successful individuals embrace change and new experiences, being a novice and understand that they must commit to continuous improvement as a person and a professional. Unsuccessful individuals cling to how they have always done things, see themselves as experts and are fine with who and where they are.

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Ten Differences Between Excuses and Explanations

Excuses are fast and careless.  Explanations are slow and deliberate.

Excuses are self focused. Explanations are other focused.

Excuses result in short, messy and thoughtless reactions. Explanations result in long, neat and thoughtful responses.

Excuses are weak and flimsy. Explanations are strong and solid.

Excuses are phony and deceptive. Explanations are real and receptive.

Excuses bring you and others down. Explanations raise you and others up.

Excuses are fiction and incredible. Explanations are fact and credible.

Excuses create distrust and disrespect. Explanations create trust and respect.

Excuses are what followers use. Explanations are what leaders use.

Excuses hold you back and keep you stuck in the muck. Explanations move your forward and set you free to do and be.

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