Playing the victim


Bad things happen to victims, and they happen to them quite frequently—just ask one. 

Good things happen to people who take responsibility, who take ownership.

Maybe it was just bad luck, misfortune, an accident. Maybe the universe hates you and you are destined for mediocrity. 

Or, maybe it was your fault? Maybe you had something to do with that bad thing that happened? 

Each moment presents us with a choice:
1) Will you act? 
2) Or will you be acted upon? 

Taking control of your life begins with taking more responsibility. It's the idea that "nothing happens to you; it happens because of you." Is your job happening to you? Or are you doing things to the job? In other words: are you a cog in a well-oiled machine? Or are you creating something that generates forward motion? 

How you think about yourself and the things happening around you is the crucial first step. For "as a man thinketh, so shall he become." But the language you use also influences your actions more than you think. How did your day go? Was change happening to you and you got frustrated because you couldn't keep up? Or were you out there creating change? 

No matter what happens, you always have a choice. Success is not just a series of events that "happen to happen." Success is a state of mind.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
— Aristotle

Assume control over everything that happens to you. Good things will happen. You will start to notice these good things and, as you continue to practice extreme ownership, will see a compounding return of excellence. Maybe it's time you begin taking more responsibility.