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Everything we do will have consequences sooner or later. It doesn't matter how big or small the action may seem. Sometimes the consequences are clearly visible, sometimes they creep into our lives. In some actions the consequences are clear, in others they can only be guessed at or come as a surprise.

That's why it's important to take care of details with love and attention – but that's not to say that you should overvalue little things like a perfectionist! Instead, you should do your best at each task and work on it with a reasonable amount of effort.

Some actions deserve more dedication and work than others. Nevertheless, there should be no tasks that you only work on half-heartedly or that you let slide, because then it is usually better not to do them at all.

Doing nothing is also a choice and has its own consequences – these should be weighed against the consequences of poor working.

If everything we do has consequences for us (and often for other people, too), then that means we are responsible for ourselves. If I voluntarily do something that I know will have negative consequences, then I am responsible for these effects.

This is easier said than done, because in our daily lives we have to deal with complex situations as well as with demotivation, fatigue, laziness and temptations.

Of course, it is exhausting to write a website article, work out or study in the evening. But what would be the consequences of not doing it? Do these negative consequences add up exponentially?

Whether it's personal life, or work, actions have consequences everywhere. If I miss deadlines because I don't write down my due dates, then it's not unfair if I fail my term paper. It is my responsibility to organize my deadlines and adjust my work schedule accordingly.

All this may sound harsh or unfair, but it is not. On the contrary, this reality offers a different perspective. If I myself am responsible for my actions and their consequences, then this offers me the opportunity to live up to my potential in a self-determined way and to give my best. No one can deny me that. However, there are, of course, still situations that are beyond your control.

If you take responsibility and organize yourself, there are no limits except your own. Of course, you should still help others develop themselves – apart from social and emotional aspects, helping has many positive consequences. But the same should be demanded of yourself.

If you think other people should try harder or if you are annoyed by their behavior, you should start with yourself first and ask yourself if you are even giving your best and living up to your potential.

The answer is probably no (also for me). Then you should remember that actions and inactions have consequences – and that you are responsible for them.