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Own

To have or possess, to acknowledge or admit.

There are only two kinds of people. Those who own their actions and those who don’t.

You see, life is a series of choices. Those choices all have consequences, some good and some bad. When the outcome of a decision is right, then we usually have no problem accepting it and owning it. But when God forbid the consequence of our actions is negative, we tend to look for reasons not to take ownership. We start passing the buck, blaming others for our position, pointing fingers, getting angry at others. That is a poisoned chalice. It’s also called a weak character. As humans, our instinct is to protect ourselves. Hence we point outward and not accept what’s inward.

Let’s ask us why ownership is so important. Well think about it; when you own something, let’s say a car, you have full control over where that car goes, whether it gets cleaned or not, whether you loan it to a friend or not. You have total power over the future of that car.

The same goes for taking ownership of consequence or a position in which you find yourself. When you take ownership, you have full control of your future. When you blame others, you’re essentially giving others power over your future. Power over yourself. What a crappy outlook, right? Who wants that?

Ownership means being able to see the wood for the trees. It means facing an obstacle head on. It means overcoming. It means growing. It means adding value. It means taking steps forward and eventually surpassing. But we can only do that when we take ownership.

Here’s the truth. No one is to blame for where you’re at in this very moment. Only you. Only your inactivity and the crappy outlook is to blame. No one is going to climb that mountain, pursue that job, write that book, enter that art competition, mend that relationship for you. Only you can.

Being a better employee means taking ownership of your work and not blaming circumstances for the lack of performance
Being a better citizen means taking ownership of your position and not blaming the system for your perceived lack.
Being a better spouse means taking ownership for your attitude and not blaming your lack of sleep and work stress.
Being a better parent means taking ownership of your time and not blaming your other priorities on the lack of time you have with your child.

Take ownership. Because when you do, you have the power over you, and your future.

Own it.

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