25 quotes to inspire you to take ownership of your life.

In my book, 10 Step to #DefineYourself: How to succeed in life despite any obstacle, the second step to overcoming a challenge, obstacle, adversity, limitation or setback and begin to succeed in life is to take ownership of your life.

Taking ownership of your life can be hard.  When you take ownership of your life you do not blame others or make excuses for your lot in life.  You accept your fair share of the blame for the poor decisions and choices that have led to the challenge, obstacle, adversity, limitation or setback that is standing between you and success.

While blaming others and making excuses are easy – they are not going to help you overcome and succeed in life.  Taking ownership may be hard, and for the difficult times that may lay heard for you, keep these 25 quotes handy to help you own your life – both the good and the bard parts.

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Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else
– Les Brown

Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something
– Unknown

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself; if it be a lie, laugh at it
– Epictetus

If you are unhappy, change something.  Quit your job.  Move.  Let go of a miserable relationship.  Stop making excuses.  You are in control
– Unknown

If you don’t like the way things are, do something about it
– Unknown

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place
– Nora Roberts

If you feel you are down on your luck, check the level of your effort
– Robert Brault

My life completely changed the moment I took responsibility for everything that happened to me
– Steven Atchison

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results
– Willie Nelson

Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You’re the only one who can do it permanently
– Zig Ziglar

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their talents
– Andrew Carnegie

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power
– William James

Taking complete ownership of your outcomes by holding no one but yourself responsible for them is the most powerful thing you can do to drive your success
– Gary W. Keller

The beauty of life is, while we can’t undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change
– Unknown

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself
– Mark Caine

The only thing making you unhappy is your own thoughts; change them
– Unknown

To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have
– Ken S. Keyes, Jr.

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene
– Arthur Christopher Vincent

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them
– Albert Einstein

When you mess up, own up!
– Unknown

You are responsible for your life
– Oprah Winfrey

You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind.  You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind
– Zig Ziglar

You got to take the hand you’ve been dealt and make the most of it
– Joel Osteen

Your life is a result of your choices.  If you don’t like hour life, it’s time to make some better choices
– Unknown

Your life only gets better when you do.  Work on yourself and the rest will follow
– Unknown