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Blaming others when things go wrong is a knee-jerk reaction. Try this instead.

Key Points:

  • Ownership means taking responsibility for your part. It means holding yourself accountable for the things that you did (or didn’t do!) and not blaming anyone else.
  • Not owning up to your actions and pointing fingers makes people lose respect for you.
  • Try these steps next time you need to own up:
    • Admit where you finger-point and take more ownership in those areas.
    • Balance your perspective by seeing situations from multiple angles.
    • Commit to stop making excuses in at least one area of your life.

Quote This:

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

See Also: Teens, Virtue

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What does it mean to you to take ownership of something? Explain.
  3. Share an experience where you or someone you know failed to take responsibility for something. What was the outcome?
  4. What are some consequences that can come from not taking ownership in your life?
  5. What are some areas of your life where you can start taking ownership? Why do these areas stand out to you?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Core Virtues for Students series.