What does “100% ownership” mean to you?
To me, it means accountability. True 100% accountability in every area of life.
Merriam-Webster states that the definition of accountability is “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.”
What does this really mean?
It means that any action you decide to take, you should hold yourself responsible for that decision. Past, present, and future actions are all on you.
I italicized the word should because some people think this doesn’t apply to them.
Are you holding yourself accountability at work when you make a mistake?
How about at the gym? Your family? Spouse? Schoolwork?
Everyone should hold themselves to the highest standard when it comes to accountability. Other people can try to hold you accountable for your actions, but it’s ultimately up to you.
Own up to your actions. Quit giving excuses as to why this happened or this reason is why you messed up.
It’s as simple as telling someone, “Hey, I messed up. I’m sorry, and it won’t happen again.”
You probably will hurt a little admitting you messed up at first, but it’s better than not owning up to it.
When you don’t own up to what you did or did not do, then you’re a coward.
No one wants to work with a coward. Don’t be that person to hide under the table when you make a mistake.
It Takes Time
A couple years ago, I realized I wasn’t being completely accountable towards my actions. One way I fought over the urge of not finishing tasks or owning up to mistakes was to say everything was on me.
Sounds kind of terrible, but for me it worked.
I worked at Jimmy John’s in college and was the bread starter (Person who cuts the bread and starts the sandwich). I ran the table with 2-3 other people.
Someone else made a mistake on the line? I owned up to it cause I was running the table and I put them in that position to fail.
Communication was bad and a customer got the wrong sandwich? That was on me cause I wasn’t clear enough for everyone else to know what was happening.
Sometimes I could have probably left it be, but instead I ate it and admitted to it.
Now it’s second nature to admit what I did and truly hold myself accountable.
True responsibility comes when you don’t need other people looking over your shoulder to make sure you did something, you just do it.
Having 100% ownership in every area is one way to make your life improve and will make you feel a lot better. So start today.
Thanks and Be Great,