If you’ve had a bad day or something doesn’t go your way or you have a set back it’s likely a few people around you may feel sorry and show a little compassion, which is nice.

However, the truth is, no one else except you can do anything about when things don’t your way.

I remember missing out on selection in a representative state football team as a teenager. I was absolutely shattered and I conceded my dream of playing in AFL was over. I mopped around for weeks. At the time I thought my team-mates, the coaches, friends and family were disappointed for me,

Looking back I now realise, the coaches didn’t care (they had more important things to worry about), my team-mates didn’t care because they were selected, my family and friends probably felt for me for a little while, but the truth is it wasn’t impacting their lives, so they weren’t that concerned either.

Now, there is nothing wrong with being disappointed, but the cold hard truth is you have to development 2 key skills that could be the most valuable 2 skills you can learn:

  1. Self-awareness – What is self-awareness?

Having a clear understanding of yourself, including what you are good at and where you could improve.

    2. Ownership  – What is taking ownership?

Holding your self accountable for your actions.

When you are self-aware, you know what is going well in your life, whether that be family, business, career, relationships, teaching or health/wellbeing.

On the flip side, when you are self-aware you know what can be improved.

This is where ownership comes in. Unfortunately no one can make improvements except yourself. You can get guidance, advice, but the cold hard truth is, it’s up to you to take action and make things happen. 

The earlier we teach children self-awareness & ownership the better off they’ll be .

The great news is self-awareness & ownership can be cultivated through practicing gratitude, kindness, empathy, positive reflection and serving others.

I’d strongly encourage you go out  and take ownership of everything that happens in your day :).

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