What is ownership?

“The act, state, or right of possessing something.”

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds” – Proverbs 27:23

Most of the time, when we think about the word ownership, we might think about our house, or our car. We own them, we purchased them and we use them. They are not someone else's, we are responsible for the maintenance, function and appearance of our them. We often spend more time attending to these things then the really important things that require authentic ownership.

A good way to picture ownership, in its entirety, is to think about everything that you have in your life. Friends, a wife, children, a home, cars, a job, pets, tools, a lawnmower, etc...

Now, put all of those things under an umbrella. That umbrella is your realm of responsibility or ownership. It is your responsibility to make sure that everything under that umbrella is functioning the way that it is supposed to be. If you decide to take a day off or slack off in the slightest, then one of those areas will not be getting the attention it requires.

Unfortunately Men, what ends up happening is we put stuff off, we make temporary fixes to growing problems, we give up, we don't finish what we started, we procrastinate. Sometimes, we have no idea what happened. Everything was going right one day, then the next day everything is in shambles. What went wrong?

There is a method to maintaining the ever vigilant watch of ownership that every man encounters.


The first step to creating a habit of extreme ownership is awareness. We have to be aware of what is going on with everything in our lives.

  • Are you taking care of yourself? Are you exercising regularly, eating well? If you can't take care of yourself, how are you in any condition to care for others. If you feel like a blob, then you will eat like one, sleep like one, and live like one. You need to start taking care of yourself. Start a workout routine,(The 360ManProject 6 week running program) get active.
  • Is your family getting the attention they deserve and require? If you are caught up in hobbies, video gaming, work, hanging out with friends at the bars, or just hanging out with friends instead of being home. Something needs to change. None of those things are bad. However, these things can become huge issues if left unchecked. The term "everything in moderation" is over used, and is often used as a crutch for a hidden issue.
  • Are you looking ahead? Ownership requires vision. You have to be able to see into the future and prepare for potential issues, opportunites, difficulties or hang ups. It may not be perfect, but you have to be cognizant of it.

OODA Loop:

One of the most profound acronym I ever learned was O.O.D.A loop. The phrase OODA loop refers to the decision cycle of observe, orient, decide, and act, developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd. This is essentially, the decision-making cycle. In combat, those who can cycle through theOODA loop the fastest, will gain the advantage.

Let's take it a step further, and try to apply this concept of OODA to our lives.


The first step is to observe. Observe your surroundings, your finances, your health and fitness levels. Are you buried in debt? Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Have you gained a lot of weight? Did the doctors tell you to change the way you eat? Do you workout regularly? Do you spend money like it's your job? Do you always have to buy things because you really need them? Or do you just want them? Do you have a hard time denying your cravings? Are you taking care of yourself, your family?

  • These questions need to be answered
  • Quitting is not an option, the only way to change or fix a problem is to confront it head on.
  • Try and figure out what behaviors you have that might encourage poor health and fitness, and the accumlation of debt


This is about our experiences. Our experiences have caused us to behave a certain way. It is the key to figuring out our triggers. For example: If you dislike running. Why? Is it because you associate running with hard work? Why? Did someone tell you that, or you just think that?Why? Is it because you aren't that fast? So what? Did someone tell you you just shouldn't run? Are you afraid to run?


What are you going to do about it? You have to make a commitemnt to either do nothing, or do something. There is no "just existing". Yes, you can choose to just exist, but everyday you are the one that has to look in the mirror. You can't blame anyone else. This world owes you exactly "nothing". You have to take ownership of your finances, and you have to take ownership of your health and physical fitness. You have to take ownership of your life. This is it. You don't get another shot at it. Make it count.


If you have decided to do nothing then you will most likely just continue to become bitter, unmotivated, more selfish, gain weight, and go deeper in debt. If you decide to step up and take ownerhship, you will find: as Jocko Willink says in his book "Extreme Ownership", There is Freedom in discipline.

The hardest part of doing anything is starting. How do you start a physical fitness program? How do you start paying your debts off? How do you eat an elephant? One. Step. at. a. time.


Ownership is a mindset, it finds its roots in discipline. Within that discipline, is freedom. When you are focused on the very basic, essential important aspects of life. Faith, Finance, Fitness, and you are disciplined in your approach. Not letting anyone else dictate how you respoond or deal with those areas in your life. You will find freedom. You will find that as you start to take ownership of your health, that you will have increased energy, you will become stronger, your mind will not be cluttered. When you take ownership of your finances, you will know where all of your money is going, how you spend it, how to generously give, and how to make it.

Create habits that last. Take Ownership.