Improve Yourself! Week 4: YOU Are Responsible for Your Progress

By Dustin | Individual Fulfillment

Improve Yourself!

This challenge was started under the theme of “Your Goals, Your Actions, Your Results.”  Do you notice the word that’s repeated three times in that short tag line?  This is your challenge, and your competition is yourself and your own level of personal commitment.

Personal Responsibility is the Key to Personal Progress

This week’s book giveaway is centered around an incredibly simple but extremely powerful concept: it is your problem, your job and your responsibility.  Personal responsibility is key.  That’s what QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life is all about.

In QBQ, John Miller implores us to get away from the blame-game and our inclination for making excuses for the challenges we face in both business and our personal lives.  Instead of asking who is to blame for the situation, we should ask, “What can I do to improve the situation?” so we can take ownership of the problem and take proactive action to solve it.

Whether you are making great progress toward your goals in the Improve Yourself challenge or you are struggling, the results you are seeing are directly related to the effort and commitment that you have exhibited for the last three weeks.  I personally didn’t start off the way I should have, and I made a lot of excuses to myself to make it seem okay.  However, this week I decided that I was done with the pity-party, and it was time that I took responsibility for my actions and my results.

One of the participants in this challenge had a similar realization last week as well.  I won’t use his name here in case he’d rather stay private with his thoughts, but I will tell you that he has inspired me to take my game to the next level.  After giving a half-hearted effort to his fitness goals the previous week, he lost one pound.  That’s not bad, right?  Well, this man hit a turning point and decided it was time to take his health seriously, get off his rear and do the work necessary to achieve extraordinary results.  He decided to take personal responsibility for his actions and his results, and I believe you’ll see him report in with a weekly loss of 7.5 pounds this week!

How are your results thus far?  Are you prepared to own them and do the work necessary to meet your goals? You can do this.

This Week’s Awesome Prize

QBQ BookThis week’s giveaway is an awesome book that has the power to change your life.  I highly recommend that you read QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John G. Miller.

Just enter your weekly update in the comments below, and you’ll be eligible to win your own copy of QBQ. Click the link above to read more about this best-selling book.

Just a short perfunctory reminder: if you are a participant, you must leave a comment below giving an update on your personal progress. Please do so by Tuesday, January 26th at 11:59 p.m. central time to be eligible for this week’s giveaway. If you are not signed up, feel free to leave a comment anyhow and give your thoughts on this week’s post or your own progress…you just won’t be winning any prizes.

And please don’t forget that you must subscribe to Engaged Marriage via either RSS or Email to be eligible for prizes. There is a secret code at the bottom of the post (just above “Related Posts”) that is only visible if you read this post via an RSS reader or in your email. If you are selected but aren’t subscribed (you don’t know the code when I email you), the prize will instead to go the next person drawn.

Last Week’s Lucky Winner

Congratulations to our lucky winner of the Week 3 drawing:

Mike who won The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Thanks to This Week’s Awesome Sponsors!

The great prizes being given away throughout the challenge are only possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Please take a few minutes to visit this week’s sponsors and check out what they have to offer.

Enemy of Debt is the place to be if you want to get out of debt or simply celebrate the goodness that your debt-freedom has brought to your life. Brad is a passionate and informative resource offering a unique perspective on the personal finance scene.

Make Mine Happen “Stop Dreaming and Start Doing” by putting the motivational and informational posts at this site to work in your life!

Budgets are Sexy is simply awesome. J. Money provides a site that is packed with really useful info about the world of personal finance, and he does it in his own (pimpin’) way. Entertaining and informative.

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MomStart is a fantastic resource created by a mother of two who provides an incredible amount of reviews, giveaways and writings related to all of the new things going on in the world of parenting.


That’s it from me for Week 4 of the challenge! Look for the Week 5 post next Sunday. Get your progress stated below, visit our sponsors and take ownership for the progress (or lack thereof) that you’re making toward your goals!

Don’t miss the other Improve Yourself posts…here is a running list:

  1. Improve Yourself! 2010 Announcement. This is the place to start and sign-up by leaving a comment with your area of focus.
  2. The Prize List. This is where you’ll get the details about the awesome prizes and learn about our generous sponsors.
  3. Week 1: Set SMART Goals. Learn about smart goal-setting and leave your specific goals for the challenge in the comments.
  4. Week 2: Baby Step Your Way to Success. Learn how you can achieve any goal by breaking it down into small, easier-to-handle tasks.
  5. Week 3: Prioritize Your Time for Progress. Learn the importance of focusing on important, but not urgent, tasks to improve your life and achieve long-term effectiveness.
  6. Week 4: YOU are Responsible for Your Progress. Quit making excuses, take ownership for your results and do the work necessary to make your goals a reality.
  7. Week 5: Don’t Be Perfect, Be Remarkable! You do not need to be perfect, you simply need to be remarkable in what you do. Don’t you think you can be remarkable in the way your handle your finances?  In your approach to fitness?  In your marriage?
  8. Week 6: Stick With It! I applaud you for sticking with your commitment to yourself and your fellow challenge participants. You are now in the minority as we close in on the finish line. Don’t Quit!
  9. Week 7: Communicate for Success Communication is a certain key to success in nearly all aspects of life.
  10. Week 8: Don’t Accept Mediocrity! Always get better even if it’s only in small increments.  Life is just too short to do otherwise.

About the Author

Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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