What do you do differently in a hotel than you would in your own home? (Get your mind out of the gutter!) If you’re like most people, you probably keep the room nice and cool, leave the lights on, don’t make the bed and maybe even leave your towels on the floor. Why would you do those things in a hotel if they aren’t the things you are likely to do in your home? It is because you don’t own it.
Have you ever wondered why some people walk by a piece of trash and don’t pick it up, or why others seem to give the bare minimum at work when you know they are capable of so much more? It’s for much of the same reason.
When we own something we tend to take better care of it. When it is ours, we want to make sure we treat it right. In your personal and professional life, do you rent or own? Do you take ownership of relationships, projects, problems, and solutions? Do you own the choices you make each day? I know on a good day, I take complete ownership. On a bad day, it’s just easier to rent.
When I catch my kids doing something they shouldn’t be doing, and I call them on it, what do you think their first reaction is? You guessed it. They typically get defensive, blame someone else or make excuses. I was working with a client last week, and it was interesting to hear her describe her co-workers the same way. When I asked if she was taking ownership of the situation, her response was, “Why should I have to? They (co-workers) don’t! ”
At what point, do we take ownership of our lives, regardless of others’ choices? Many of us pride ourselves on being responsible, but is that the same thing as taking ownership?
This raises an interesting question that I’m hoping you can help me answer. If you have a moment to leave a comment, I’d love to know your thoughts: