I’ve just finished writing up our client of the month case study (check it out here after this if you haven’t done so already) and it was such a great result from such a great client, Eleanor O’Dwyer.
But the thing that stood out for me the most was how Eleanor took full responsibility for her actions and decided to which, in my opinion, was why she got such great results from her program.
And it ties in with a very powerful concept that I heard on a podcast as I drove to work this morning- extreme ownership.
Basically it says that if you want to succeed in anything in life then you must accept full responsibility for your actions and take complete ownership of the fact that you are the only one responsible for improving your circumstances.
So often I hear people say they are in a particular situation because of ‘this’ person, ‘that’ event, their job requirements, etc. And while lots of situations can definitely have a massive impact on us, nobody ever improved their circumstances by shifting the blame or the responsibility to someone else.
As I work in the health and fitness industry I talking about quality of life, exercise, eating nutritious food, etc. not losing your house in a tsunami or that kind of thing.
People who succeed in massively changing their quality of life all, at some stage, quit the blame game and arrive at the conclusion that it was they and they alone who got them into them into their current situation.
The amount of times I’ve heard people tell me that they are overweight because of the food their mother-in-law cooks, that they smoke because they have a stressful job or that they drink too much because their friends all drink a lot is absolutely crazy. You do those things because you make those decisions yourself. No doubt it can be difficult to change in this situations but a difficult task does not make someone else respond bible for the decisions that you make or fail to make as an adult.
By blaming someone else you are removing the responsibility from the true culprit, and the only person who has the power to change your situation- YOU!!
The most important thing for your long-term health is accepting complete ownership of your actions. If you fail to do this you will always find a scapegoat and lessen your ability to make the changes that need to be made if you truly want to have a great quality of life.
Changing this mindset is one of the most powerful things you can do and it will spill over into many other areas of your life if you do. I see clients do it week in, week out and it’s crazy to see how it changes them.
How would your life change for the better if you done the same?