Taking Ownership

Accepting total responsibility; not placing blame, not making any excuses, holding oneself accountable

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Les Brown

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes of himself.  Alexander Graham Bell

Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver

     We have a tendency to avoid personal responsibility for the quality of our lives. We spend time and effort making excuses, blaming others and mostly putting forth mediocre effort.

   Successful living requires taking ownership for what we do with our lives. Whether we are born into the best or the worst of circumstances; regardless of parents, upbringing, environment, education, and all contributing factors; the end result is the same; we are responsible. Some of us may have had disadvantages, or a poor start, but we are still responsible for what we do with our own life. We have to step up and raise our hand as the one who is responsible for ‘us’. Our life is our responsibility. Ultimately, it will be what we make of it.

  There are two aspects of adulthood. There is adulthood associated with chronological age. At age eighteen to twenty-one, we are considered to have achieved adulthood. There is especially the level of adulthood associated with how well we function. There are individuals considered adults that are marginally efficient at functioning. They are immature, irresponsible, unreliable, and likely underachievers. Many of these are capable but have mostly rejected taking ownership for themselves. They operate at a low level of adulthood. There are those who are marginally able or perhaps challenged in their ability to function as mature adults. They do the best they can but will always be somewhat limited. They may be living life rather successfully when we consider that they are living life at a high level when compared to their capabilities and abilities.

  Most of us fall into a grouping that live at some level of mediocrity and underachievement. Few of us would deny that we are more capable than what we have done with life so far. Some of us fall woefully short on our ‘capability scale’ while others would score considerably higher. We have heard that we get out of live what we put into it, there is no gain without pain, and many such witticisms empathizing successful living comes with responsibility and ownership. It is about attitude and commitment and not measured in things. It is about developing and using our talents and abilities.  Taking ownership, accepting responsibility, holding ourselves accountable are all requirements for developing the kind of attitude that results in living life successfully. We choose to take charge of our lives instead of life controlling us.  

 Challenge:  You tend to become what it is you think about and put your efforts into. If you put little thought and effort into the process, you will not likely go very far in your journey. Take ownership and commit to living life based on using your talents and abilities. Develop self-discipline and motivation and take responsibility for managing your attitude in everything that happens to you. Do not be a victim, be the victor. Take control.

Wisdom:  A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make. Dennis Waitley

Spiritual: (NIV)

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:6

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make your free. If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:32, 36

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ephesians 6:13

A very necessary step in entering into a right relationship with God is taking ownership and responsibility for the shortcomings, failures, faults and sin in our lives. It is when we are able to do this that we are able to see how our weaknesses and fears are the things which hold us down. Turning our life over to God frees us from these burdens. We are free to grow and to become what we are capable of becoming. God will help us do so.

Prayer:  Help me to be take ownership for my life and help me to live life up to my potential.  


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