Radical Ownership

How to start living your values every day

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“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

Life isn’t about what others have done to us, and not even what they’ve done for us.

Life is about how we respond to or handle what we perceive others have done to us or for us.

Radical ownership is taking full responsibility for our thoughts, words, and resulting action or inaction.

It’s understanding our values and allowing those values to guide all that we think, say, do, or don’t do.

Is it always easy? Nope.

Will there be times when you want to blame someone for where you are or what’s happening in your life? Yep.

Living your values 100% of the time is a growth process. Sure there are some people who it appears have done this since birth, but that’s rare.

Most of us have to develop over time, learn as we go, fall down, and then pull ourselves back up. If we’re fortunate, though, we’ve surrounded ourselves with people moving in the same direction.

If we’re very fortunate, we have guides who are already living their values.

This is how you can jump-start the process:

  • Step 1: Be honest with yourself.
  • Step 2: Use an assessment to help you uncover your values if you’re struggling to articulate them.
  • Step 3: Focus on one value each week. Lead and follow with it.
  • Step 4: Journal about your values.

How will you take radical ownership of your day today?

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