Own It!

I was teaching a class on how to have a brilliant year and
took the participants through an exercise to eliminate their
Brilliance Blockers — you know, things that prevent you
from doing your best.

One of the questions I asked this eager beaver group was,
“What do you need to start doing and stop doing as it
relates to beliefs and behaviors that sabotage your

One lady raised her hand and said, “I tend to delegate away
what I should do to focus on what I want to do. I need to
stop that and own it.” The moment she said it, there was a
shift in the energy in the room and everyone was dead

I knew immediately that we had hit a nerve. So I told her to
write down in her notebook the words “I will own it!” When
she did, she became wide eyed and it was as if a switch was

This is the mark of a true professional… no excuses. Just
own it. This is how people establish an internal brand in
the organization. Just own it. No finger pointing, just own
whatever is in front of you. People will know that you are
the go-to person. If you intend to Release Your Brilliance,
then own your work. It will speak volumes for you.

by Simon T. Bailey