We sometimes hear or see phrases that put significance to our lives.  As a coach, I love short, powerful expressions.  I recently saw one of those, and I stopped what I was doing to write it down.  The phrase was “own your life.”

I was attending a coaching convention and, at one of the general sessions, different phrases were being scrolled across the screen, and one of them was “own your life.”  I stopped talking in midsentence so I could think about that phrase.

You own your life. You don’t lease it, rent it, borrow it, or just control it. (You control your leased car, but you certainly don’t own it.) You have a power over your life that no one else had, has, or will ever have.  You can treasure your life or treat it like a dump.  It’s 100 percent yours.

What do you want to do with it? No one else can decide. Choose. Have fun with it for a while. Maybe read a book, go for a walk, or do something monumental. All of the choices are suitable because you own your life.

Do you realize you’ve been deciding all along? Ever since you created your first “no” you have been totally in charge of your life.  You have done it for all these years without breaking a sweat.  That’s awesome!

Consider a grand opening! While you can’t say that you are under new ownership, you can claim to have remodeled and redesigned the place.  Consider the possibilities!

Phrases like this are what make me feel alive as a coach.  I can sit in a session and know that I am listening to someone who realizes that they own their life and want to be clear about it.  My job is to support you as you gain that clarity about yourself and assert your ownership.

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