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May 22, 2020

On this episode of The Alliance Activity podcast, Mike Lewantowicz fills in for Andy Albright, who is traveling on business this week, to talk about what it means to take ownership.

This is How I See the Definition of Ownership:

Whatever you're doing, you take full and complete responsibility for making sure that whatever is supposed to happen does happen.

It doesn't matter if your upline is an idiot or the carriers have a bad attitude. The only thing that matters is that YOU give it your all and that YOU make sure that you've done everything in your power to generate that outcome.

If you are living the definition of ownership, you should easily be able to answer yes to the following questions:

  • Do you live how you want to live?
  • Do you go to bed at night completely satisfied with your day's effort?
  • Do you show up exactly how you want others to show up for you?

4 Reasons Why People Don't Take Ownership:

  1. They're not interested in taking ownership
    2. They don't want to take ownership
    3. They don't know they're not taking ownership
  2. They don't have the skills to take ownership
  3. They’re not interested in taking ownership:

Many roles don't require people to exceed expectations, just deliver what's needed. So this shifting focus of our problems onto other people and things allow us to perpetuate the myth that we are fated to live our inevitable lives with no control over the outcome.

"They're going to do what they want to anyway."

Note:
The "They" represents the people in charge.

  1. They don't want to take ownership: It's a simple trap to fall into. It feels easier to blame others for our circumstances than to shoulder the blame. But by blaming other people or things, we give away our power. Ultimately, this way of thinking, left unchecked, becomes quite intentional. It might even become Machiavellian, employing devious and ingenious methods to avoid doing what is needed to be done.

"It's not my fault that the company doesn't have its' act together."

  1. They don't know they're not taking ownership: Do people know what taking ownership is actually like? Maybe they think they're performing well. Maybe they don't realize they're actually not doing what is expected of them. This condition is called "unconscious incompetence" and it stems from a lack of feedback. Be clear about what "good" looks like in their role.

"I am doing the best I know how to do."

  1. They don't have the skills to take ownership: People might actually be unaware of their lack of skill and just quietly struggle on, unable to identify why they can't seem to get it. Therefore, taking ownership requires getting others to know what they're taking ownership of. Also, this means motivating them to do more than just what they're told.

"I am just doing what I have been told."

The Role of "Locus of Control" in Taking Ownership: How we think and act is determined by many factors including our belief system, personality, upbringing, and behavioral tendencies. But our ability to influence our own circumstances is governed by our locus of control. This locus of control is either:

Internal or External?

Internal Locus of Control: This type determines your level of personal responsibility. You're more likely to hold yourself accountable and work hard for the things you want.

Realization from Internal Locus:

"No one was put on this earth to make me happy."

External Locus of Control: Within this type, you tend to blame external factors for your circumstances. You see other people or things as reasons for not achieving your own goals.

Realization from External Locus: "I am not happy, so somebody owes me some happiness."

If you're ready to make a change, here's how:

  • Notice Your Blaming Tendencies by saying, "What is my role in this?"
  • Focus on Solutions by saying, "How can I?" vs. "I can't."
  • Practice Your Power of Choice by saying, "I choose not to be a victim anymore."
  • Become Accountable by saying, "Nobody owes me anything."
  • Try Discomfort by saying, "Change never happens in my comfort zone."

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