Entitlement mentality and the habit of blaming others for your problems or failure are not the way to take charge of your affairs. No one who lines up himself with God is ever hopeless. Taking responsibility for yourself is the first step towards improved personal productivity and better wellbeing.
THE FOLLY OF ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY AND THE ERROR OF BLAMING OTHERS
A lot of people are yet to come to grips with the idea that entitlement mentality or the attitude of always expecting to receive from people and contributing or giving nothing is the bane of many poor people, and is the reason they remain in poverty.
Entitlement mentality is a state of mind in which an individual erroneously believes that “privileges” are instead “rights”. It is a twisted mindset that refuses to accept personal responsibilities and the consequences of his or her actions. Entitlement mentality is the breeding ground for poverty because it encourages welfare dependency in which a person has to constantly rely on other people or the government in order to survive. It is a bondage and a destructive mindset because it’s a “victim mindset” that believes he’s being unfairly treated and blames his background and other people for his poor condition in life.
The deadlier aspect of entitlement mentality is the poverty mindset of those who always expect to receive from other people and giving to nobody. They do so on the wrong belief that, “Others are doing better and have more than I have and so should give to me.” When they go to church they expect that the church should give to them or the individuals who appear rich in church should give to them. This is a wrong mindset.
We should know that even though the Bible says “you have the poor with you always” (Mark 14:7), and we are encouraged to minister or give to those who don’t have, the individual himself should make personal effort and work hard to get out of that realm of having to be a liability to others. This is the wisdom in the words of Apostle Paul who counseled in 2 Thess. 3:10, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” It is sad that a lot of people in the liability group are there not because they are not gifted and able to provide for themselves or even give to others, it is because many of them have this entitlement mindset that, “People should pity me, people should look at me, people should help me; nobody wants to help me.” The candid truth is, nobody ever gets up in life having such negative mindset.
Even if people help you, or the church puts you on the welfare list, or the government begins to give you dole out or handouts regularly because of your condition, that can’t deliver you from poverty. You must begin to take personal responsibility and take charge of your own affairs.
Part of the problem of entitlement mentality is not only that the individual fails to take charge of his own responsibilities, he also erroneously blames others for his state of poverty. Again, this is a wrong mindset. The healing process of this malady, and part of taking charge of your own affairs, is to have ownership mentality and it begins with you accepting your responsibilities.
………….TO BE CONTINUED.
I shall soon return with Taking Charge Of Your Responsibilities (Part II: THE POWER OF OWNERSHIP MENTALITY). Until then, let’s keep up the conversation here. I look forward to your views and comments.
Author: Bishop Emma Omon
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Published online on Tuesday, 14th March 2017 by emmaomonblog.com