Ownership mentality is the pathway towards improved personal productivity and better wellbeing. Unlike entitlement mentality that abdicates personal responsibility and instead blames others for his circumstance or failure, ownership mentality is a mindset that accepts personal responsibility, makes positive effort towards achieving a productive life and takes responsibility for the outcome of his effort.
THE POWER OF OWNERSHIP MENTALITY
Productivity begins from the mind. Ownership mentality empowers you to take charge to your life and circumstance. With ownership mentality you don’t deny or shy away from your responsibility; you believe you can do it; you believe you can make it; you believe your efforts will produce results. And it doesn’t really matter if you have to start small. Yes, you may have been on the welfare list, and some persons may have been helping with your children’s school fees, but at some point you challenge yourself: “I’m going to come out of this situation; I’m not going to stay here. This kind of resolve is a smart way to free yourself from the blame game. Yes, there might have been things some persons have not done right regarding you, and their actions or inactions may have contributed to bringing you into the situation you find yourself; yet it is you that have to take responsibility for your life. Whether you fail or succeed, take responsibility for yourself.
Interestingly, it is when you cease to blame others for your failure and state of poverty, and begin to take responsibility for yourself, that you are able to take practical steps to get out of that situation and find ways to fend for yourself. Truth is, you may not succeed immediately. But whether you succeed or fail, you still don’t buckle or retreat or abandon what you’ve set out to do; you keep at it until success smiles on you.
But those who continue to blame father, blame mother, blame family background, blame uncle, blame aunt, blame pastor, even blame church and country for their malady will not be able to see the opportunities for working their way out of poverty. Let me give you a practical Bible example with the story of Hagar, Abraham’s mistress by the unwise counsel of his wife, Sarah.
In Gen. 21, we’re told how Hagar’s impudence and disrespect for Sarah led to her being sent out of the household of Abraham, together with her son, Ishmael. Now wandering in the desert with her food and water spent, mother and son began to famish, especially with thirst. At the verge of death, Hagar dropped off her son, “placed the boy under one of the shrubs… went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, “Let me not see the death of the boy.” So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept” (Verses 15-16).
God heard her cry, sent His angel to meet and help her: “What ails you, Hagar?” the angel asks Hagar in verse 17-19. “Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.”
Hagar found help. But the genesis of her problem was something that was not her own doing. Whereas her story serves to encourage people who might have been used and dumped by others, it is also definitely an indictment on those who think that blaming others for their problems excuses them from taking responsibility for their own poverty and need to get out of their malady.
DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR FUTURE
In the case of Hagar, when “the water in the skin was used up… she placed the boy under one of the shrubs. Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, “Let me not see the death of the boy.” So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.”
Putting away her boy as though leaving him to his death was like throwing away her own link to the promises God has given Abraham of which Hagar herself was to be a beneficiary. This is why you must not take rash decisions in whatever harsh situation you may be in. Your decision to put away your ‘Ishmael’ may amount to throwing away your link to a fruitful destiny. God does not promise anyone a life on earth completely void of challenges on the way to fulfilling destiny. There would be your own peculiar challenges. But trust God, He is sure going to bring you out of your troubles as He did for Hagar.
For God to rescue you from your challenges though, you have a role to play. First, you have to accept and pick up your responsibility. Don’t bury your dream. It is when you accept responsibility for yourself that God will open your eyes to begin to see the opportunities that God has prepared for you on your path of destiny. For Hagar, God had provided “a well of water” which she didn’t see before until God opened her eyes to see it. The opportunity was there near her, but she didn’t see it. It means all the while Hagar and her son suffered dehydration, the solution to their parched throat and thirst was nearby. But she didn’t see the well because she got into self-pity mode and was blinded by her emotion. In whatever situation you find yourself never let your feelings ruin your faith. The Just shall live by faith, not by feelings.
True, you may have challenges presently; but it is your responsibility to see the next opportunity God has in store for you and take charge by using the opportunity available. Anyone who abdicates his responsibility at the present stands no chance of seeing future opportunities. Before God would show Hagar the next opportunity, He asked her to first “Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand.” Only after she had done so that “God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.”
God had already planned that where Hagar’s water would finish, there a well of water would spring out. He intended things to get better. With God’s plan now unveiled to Hagar, she no longer had just a bottle of water but a well of water to fill up as many bottles she can muster.
Indeed, God has a great plan for you! Don’t give up on your future! Arise and take charge of your life. The future is bright!
Author: Bishop Emma Omon
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Published online on Monday, 20th March 2017 by emmaomonblog.com