One of the main reasons why numerous people tend to stagnate in their development and growth as conscious human beings, is because they have a fear of taking responsibility for themselves. Most individuals are afraid of not having what it takes. This fear, can sometimes be embedded into peoples psyche because of how they were raised as children.

In today's society, many people have just been given everything they've ever wanted, without ever having to work hard to earn it. Overtime, this can lead to a sense of entitlement and always thinking they'll have what they need, regardless of being required to earn it. This will almost always develop either a fear of responsibility, or not knowing why they need to be responsible, because they've never truly had to be.

This fear is not necessarily permanent, but not taking responsibility for yourself can lead to boredom, destructive habits, addictions, depression, and hopelessness, amongst other dis-empowering feelings. Here's a short list of 5 benefits to get some inspiration flowing. Even if you're already a highly responsible person, this article is definitely worth reading and sharing with someone you know that could benefit from it.

1. Achieving a sense of accomplishment

One of the most empowering feelings we can get, is knowing that we've earned something which took a tremendous amount of effort and responsibility to achieve. This feeling cannot even be described with words, it's just something that has to be experienced. Once fully felt, this emotional response can be addictive, and a strong drive to conquer anything you set your mind too.

My main childhood goal was to become a college basketball player. I put my heart and soul into becoming the best I could be every single day. I would go to the gym at six in the morning, work out for 2 hours, then jog to practice afterwords. Sometimes my muscles were so exhausted from lifting weights, that I could barely even shoot the ball, but I practiced anyway.

I had it set in my mind that I was going to achieve my goal. Even though the senior players were constantly telling me it was nearly impossible to make a college team, I didn't listen to them and continued to give it my all.

To make a long story short, I ended up trying out for a junior college and made a strong impression on the coach. He had me convinced that he wanted me on the team, and to get enrolled into the school as soon as possible. I got enrolled, then shortly after found out the coach had transferred to that schools biggest rival!

The new coach that took his place recruited, and brought in all of his own players before arriving. This erased my spot on the team and destroyed my dreams in an instant. It took me awhile to get over it, I had lost all of my motivation to go to class, leaving my grades to take a drastic free-fall.

I had to learn to suck it up and move on. It was difficult, but inside I knew I had achieved my goal. I didn't end up playing for the team, but I was GOOD enough to play on the team, which was all I needed. I even beat a few of their players in some one vs. one games. At the time, I didn't realize that not actually playing on the team, taught me a very important lesson that I still value to this day.

2. True growth finally begins, and new experiences arise.

Only when you begin to start taking full responsibility for everything in your life, whether it be your health, finances, goals, relationships, spirituality, intellect, etc... Will your true purpose and growth as a conscious human being begin to activate. If you're always depending on others to do things for you, or to bail you out, you'll remain stagnant. That is only staying in the passenger seat, where someone else is taking the responsibility of driving you.

Remember when you first became of age to drive? How excited you were with the freedom to finally go anywhere you wanted? It's the same concept with responsibility, instead of someone else always driving you around, YOU ARE now the one in charge of your life. You decide where you can go, and what new experiences you can have. The possibilities are endless!

3. No More Dependency

When you're fully responsible for everything you do in your life, your dependency on others will vanish. You wont have to always depend on someone else, to get what you want. Think of the friend who's always asking you to drive them somewhere, how annoying does it get after awhile? Eventually, you'll tell them to get their own car or get lost.

How long can you really depend on others to do things for you, before they tell YOU to get lost? What will you do when this occurs? Find someone else? What would happen if there wasn't anybody else? Are you willing to take that risk? Dependency is the mindset of most homeless people. They're always wanting someone else to help them, instead of taking responsibility and doing it themselves.

The only person you can count on in the end, to get what you want in life, is YOU. People can assist and guide you, but YOU must be the one doing what it takes. Always taking from others, and not giving back, is only sucking away their energy and using it for your own. This reality isn't sustainable, it cannot last in the long term or ever be fulfilling.

4. True abundance

When you've finally become responsible for every aspect of your life, you become a giver, rather than a taker. Giving sustains life, taking destroys life. Depending on others is being a taker. Being a giver/receiver will create endless abundance in your reality, because you're now taking part in sustaining life. In turn, creating a profound positive impact in the universe. Manifesting your reality becomes easier and easier, because now you're benefiting the WHOLE, and not just yourself. Ironically, benefiting the whole is 100 million times more powerful in terms of benefiting you. Unfortunately, people are led to believe it's the other way around.

5. Knowing you have purpose

Every single living creature on Earth has a purpose of some kind. You are no different. The homeless person is no different. Everything is equal, nothing is better, nor worse. It's just that many do not realize or value their own worth.

Unfortunately, most people aren't able to find their true purpose, because of lacking the responsibility required to evolve to that point. Many of us have too many distractions, to take the time and effort required to find our soul purpose and act on it. Growing and finding your true purpose DOES take responsibility, you have to WANT and DO whatever it takes to attain your goals. The universe will show you, but if you're not ready for it, what's the point?

Sitting around in your parents basement when you're 30-years old, is not getting out there and experiencing what you need in order to find your calling in life. Being responsible, leads to a multitude of opportunities for new lessons, and the true joy of growing as a conscious human being. The opportunities are endless! Empower yourself, by taking responsibility for yourself!

Author's Bio: 

Sean Burrows loves to learn and discover new ways to improve the quality of peoples lives. He studies personal development and health rigorously, and shares his life's lessons, creative ideas, and healthy recipes through his Personal Growth blog.