"Own It"Stuart JonesYou get a speeding ticket because the State Trooper set up a speed trap. You strike out because the umpire can’t tell the difference between a ball and a strike. You get a bad job review because the supervisor doesn’t like you. The “you” in each situation gets a negative result. But for some reason, the “you” was never at fault. Here’s a safe prediction. The future will bring more speeding tickets, more strikeouts and a job search. There is a simple explanation. If bad results are never your fault, there’s no reason to change. And the same actions will almost always bring about the same results. Let’s be honest. We don’t like to take responsibility for our mistakes. It’s almost a reflex action to look for someone else, anyone else, to blame. We do this in spite of the fact that we want to do better next time. Repeating mistakes is incredibly frustrating. A fresh start sure sounds good. Starting over requires change. The best way to bring about positive change is to own your past, take responsibility for your mistakes and figure out the actions that will bring about better results. Here’s your choice. Let your history predict your future or use your history to shape a better future. Give your future a better chance. Own your past.