Everything Changes When You Take Ownership
Everything changes when you take ownership of what you want.
There's power in taking ownership.
When I looked to the past for my pattern of ownership I could see how I made decisions, moved towards the goal, gained experience, had a certain level of success, and then when I hit what was my limit, my perceived limit of potential — I stopped.
I would reflect on that time and think well that didn't work out because I didn't have what it takes to achieve that, or that didn't work out because I didn't have funding, or that didn't work out because, and on, and on, and on. I would always come up with reasons why things didn't work out
What I realized is that there are internal and external factors that hold us back in life.
When I examined even further I found that I wasn't taking full ownership of what I wanted. You see when I could place blame or replace a percentage of responsibility on anything else but me.
Then I wasn't the one at fault. I wasn't fully playing the victim. But it was as close as you can get.
Five things change in your life when you decide to take ownership of what you want.
1. You Make Decisions For You.
You may be someone who has grown up and you made decisions for everyone else because you wanted to be the good boy or the good girl. Maybe you wanted to be strong and capable, you wanted to help everyone else take care of their needs.
But what about you.
You see, to get what you want. You have to understand what exactly it is that you want. And if you're always helping other people, thinking about other people, you may never accomplish what you want because you've never paid attention to you. When you take ownership of what you want, you understand what you desire. You might say this sounds selfish, how does this make my life better?
As I’m writing this I just landed in Los Angeles. When you're on an airplane and they do the safety brief they don’t tell you to put the oxygen on someone else first. They tell you to take care of yourself first. Take care of you, then you can help other people.
2. You Challenge Your Beliefs
When you take ownership of your decisions. You have to own your beliefs.
This is what I believe about what I want.
If you have the internal belief that you’re not good enough. You don't have what it takes.
You won’t reach what you want and you’ll fail to see your vision come to life. If I have external beliefs that certain people don't want me to succeed, or I don't have the right funding or the right connections, again you’ll miss what you want.
So you change your beliefs, you create a mindset of ownership, that you're 100% in control of you and no one else and because you have control you can make decisions that reflect where you want to go, who you want to be, and what you want to create.
3. You Amplify Your Actions
Owners take action.
I'm a big dreamer.
I believe dreaming is the catalyst for all great endeavors, but if you only think about things and dream about things, nothing happens. You don't create anything.
When you create forward movement by taking action, you begin to see patterns, what works, what doesn't work.
And you amplify the actions of the things that do.
4. You Analyze The Results.
Once you have taken action you can see the patterns of what is and what isn’t working.
When you have indicators of success you can begin to create processes to replicate the results you see working.
Failing to take ownership of results creates a mystery of success and failure. Well...that didn’t work but that did. I didn’t know why but let’s keep doing the same thing. Taking ownership provides the opportunity to maximize performance.
5. You Repeat What Works.
You have new information that allows you to make new decisions.
You expand your beliefs around potential and possibility, you amplify the actions you take, you analyze the results, and you repeat what works. As you repeat what works you continually test new ideas while the ownership mindset moves you forward and advances your cause.
Everything changes when you take ownership.