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.
The quotes in this list come from my free eBook More than 650 quotes to inspire you to #DefineYourself. Get your free copy by subscribing to my newsletter, the #DefineYourself blast.
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
If evil be spoken of you and it be
true, correct yourself; if it be a lie, laugh at it
If you are unhappy, change
something. Quit your job. Move.
Let go of a miserable relationship.
Stop making excuses. You are in
If you don’t like the way things are,
do something about it
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
– Andrew Carnegie
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism
– 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
The first step toward success is
taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first
– Mark Caine
The only thing making you unhappy is
your own thoughts; change them
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!
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
– 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
Your life only gets better when you
do. Work on yourself and the rest will