The aim of this challenge was to take full responsibility—AKA extreme ownership—of my life and everything in it.
I failed miserably.
Why? I neglected to define triggers to identify the moments where I wasn’t taking ownership. But that was only part of the problem. Extreme ownership was at its core a vague concept, and using it to alter my behaviour and identify areas that required improvement was difficult. I should have approached it as a mindset shift, a subtle approach to perceive the events unfolding in your life in a new light. But I didn’t, and I paid the price.
Do I regret my decision to undertake this challenge? Hell no! Why? Because this epic failure reminded me that no amount of practice or preparation can stave off the occasional bout of failure. Mistakes are part of life, and pretending otherwise is never a good idea. That’s why I’m so glad I did this challenge.
Though I failed miserably, I’m still fascinated with the concept of extreme ownership, and I plan on revisiting it in the future. Until then, I’ll continue making mistakes and learning from my failures.