The Ownership Mindset: How to Take 100% Control of Your Life

Conduct a life inventory

Thomas Oppong
4 min readFeb 27, 2022


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If you’re living a life that’s less than ideal, it’s time to take control.

It’s not so much about the things going wrong in your life, but more about what you can do to improve them.

Winston Churchill said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.

Taking complete control of your life will help you live a happier and more fulfilled existence. You deserve the best, and you want to be your best self.

The ownership mindset is about escaping the victim mindset: when you think you practically have no control over the direction of your life.

People with a victim mentality or personality believe their own thoughts, feelings, and emotions are not in their control. They also think they cannot change the trajectory of their lives.

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility,” Sigmund Freud once said.

It’s easier to see everything wrong with your life and your insecurities than what you are capable of achieving for yourself.

Your life is yours alone to control. You dictate the direction, not society or your family. Once you identify with this new perception, more opportunities will open for you than ever before.

We live in an era where we have more choices than ever before but ultimately feel like we have less control. It seems like everything is out of reach and that there’s no point in trying because nothing will work out anyways.

But you don’t need magic to start taking 100% control of your life today.

Make a commitment to yourself this year. Teach yourself how to take ownership of your life.

Design your ideal future

“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up. “ — John C. Maxwell



Thomas Oppong

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