take it upon (oneself) to (do something)

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take it upon (oneself) to (do something)

To decide to do something even though it is not one's responsibility. I took it upon myself to print out these information packets for the meeting since I knew the data might be confusing. The kids took it upon themselves to wash your car—I'm so proud of them for doing it without being told!
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take it upon oneself

Also, take on oneself. Undertake something, as in I took it upon myself to count the precise number of children in the audience, or She took it on herself to enter a convent. [Second half of 1400s]
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Moved by compassion, many American soldiers took it upon themselves to help on their days off.
Started in 1995 by some Girl Scout leaders in Ohio who were disturbed by the direction Girl Scouts was taking, they took it upon themselves to start their own values-based scouting organization for girls.