In school kids say “I’m just not a math person.” Almost like the ability to understand numbers is god given.
In the pool they say “If only I was taller.” As if that’s the determining factor.
How often have you heard someone say “I wish I worked harder.” My count is at zero.
The issue here is responsibility. Are you willing to take complete ownership of the work you are putting in. This goes for athletes and coaches. Once you accept the burden of your success and failure you can being to move forward. The alternative is waiting for something good to happen, putting you chances on luck.
If you don’t know this already, hard work, effort, and consistency creates opportunities. It does not guarantee success, but it makes the chances of “luck” go up.
So if you’re reading this and thinking “How do I take more ownership?” here’s what you can do.
- Write down areas in your life you blame others for, and think deeply about how it’s your fault.
- Write down what you can control. Actually control.
- Call or text people to apologize for situations that have been your fault in the past couple of months. You don’t need to cry on their shoulder, just a simple “Hey I should have taken responsibility for that and I didn’t. My bad, ill be better going forward.”
- Make rules for yourself. Think deeply about these. Don’t make 25 rules. Think of 1-3 such as
- Dont lie
- Show up to everything 15 minutes early
- No sugar before 1pm
- Remember this, to be great, talent is no required, you can make this happen.