Sunday, June 30, 2013
I woke up early this morning and, as I always do, I logged on to SP and started reading comments to yesterday's blog entry, blog entries that friends had written, SP e-mails and whatnot. It's how I've started my day for the past 30 days - and it's how I'll start my day for days and days to come. It motivates, encourages and uplifts me - that's why.
I have a confession to make. My blog entry today is a result of what I read this morning on a friend's blog. I don't mean to be a copy-cat, but what she wrote about is worth repeating for more reasons than one. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to share what she shared - though not nearly as eloquently as she shared it. Before I go on, let me give a huge shout-out to DGFOWLER. Thank you Donna for "sparking" me this morning. And please forgive me for taking your idea - without prior permission - and running with it. I know I won't do it justice - not really - but I just feel the "need" to write about the subject matter. Hope you understand.
Do you know the "Yeah, But" man or woman? Do you know the, "I can't" neighbor or co-worker? Do you know the, "It's not my fault, it was someone else" friend or relative? Do you ever see any of that in yourself? Be brutally honest.
As adults, it is our responsibility to take ownership of our lives. Your life is your JOB. If I don't live my life well, I have nobody to blame but myself. I am the frontline worker, the shift leader, middle management, upper management and CEO of ME! If my corporation is thriving, it is because I am doing things "right". On the other hand, if my company is going down with the ship, it is because I didn't take ownership and work to fix the small things along the way. And those small things then became big things and those big things then became overwhelming - tempting me to quit. Or worse yet - blame someone else for my failures. Blaming someone else is NOT an option. It is MY life - not someone else's, which requires me to take ownership for every decision made, every action taken, every. . . outcome. . . good or bad. It is far too easy to sit back - taking no responsibility - and point the proverbial finger at someone else. But that is bunk! That's a cop out! That's not taking ownership - that is giving the power of ME away to someone else. Why would I ever do that? Why would I ever give all my power away? Would I do that - give my power away - when things are good in my life? Heck no! When things are good - going well - I want all the credit for a job well done. At the same time, I must be willing to accept responsibility when life is hard and falling apart.
I try not to make excuses. I try to take responsibility for my life. If I did it - I own it. If I didn't act when I should have - I own that too. If I say it, I own it. If I didn't say it when I should have - then I own that too. If I feel it - I own it. If I think it - I own it. If I allow others to effect me in a negative way, it is not "their" problem, it is mine. If I allow someone to come into my life and do me harm, I must own that too. My biggest "job", my number one priority is management of Karen. Because if I don't manage Karen, nobody else is going to.
What do you think? Do you take ownership of your life? Do you manage it well? Do you take responsibility for the good and the bad? Do you take the time to manage every part of you - from frontline worker to CEO? Or. . . do you find yourself looking to blame others for any heartache or hardship in your life? Again, be brutally honest. I know it's not always easy to take ownership, because frankly life is just sometimes down right hard! And it's easier to place blame somewhere else than it is to accept what we have made of our lives. But this is important, I think. If we are to get healthy and be happy, we absolutely MUST take ownership of ourselves. We must tend the business of ME - daily.
Thanks for taking time to read my blog. Again, I would like to thank my friend, Donna, for making me "think" first thing this morning. And. . . I would truly love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Happy Sunday all. May the sun be shining wherever you are - if not in the sky - then in your hearts and minds.