Taking Ownership


“Ownership: ‘A commitment of the head, heart, and hands to fix the problem and never again affix the blame.”
John G. Miller,

Nobody is perfect. Sometimes, we make mistakes, mess up, or hurt others. The first instinct one may have in this situation is to defend ourselves or deflect blame. But if we want to be successful, we must take ownership of the mistakes we have made and the wrongs that we have done.

Take responsibility for events that you had a hand in, whether directly or indirectly, and no matter how big your role in it was. You need to hold yourself accountable and admit to the wrongs you have taken part in. 

In addition, when we take ownership of things like this, we are helping ourselves learn. We see where the mistakes came from, what we did to contribute, how to avoid this in the future, and what lessons er can learn. These are all valuable tidbits of information!

By blaming other people or things and making excuses, we give away our power. We perpetuate a form of self-delusion that reduces the control we have over our own lives and can leave us feeling helpless, powerless, and even anxious. In reality, we have more control over our lives than we think we do. And the more we shift the blame outward, the less likely we will enjoy a more healthy, engaged, and fulfilling life. 

Taking ownership of your life builds character, bravery, and self respect. It allows you to proactively create a fulfilling, meaningful, and healthy life where you decide how to respond to your circumstances with accountability and bravery. Once we understand the quality of our life is largely influenced by our mindset, focus, and actions, we have the freedom to choose our response. Look for areas in your life were you need to start taking more ownership of …..starting today.

“Taking complete ownership of your outcomes by holding no one but yourself responsible for them is the most powerful thing you can do to drive your success.”
Gary Keller

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