Have you ever heard the term, “buzz word”? A “buzz word” is defined as a word, term, or phrase that is trendy or popular in a particular context or place in time.
More often than not, these “buzz words” are not just made up into existence. Usually, these terms already exist; but a sudden re-purposing of them causes a rise in popularity – often to the point where the original use is no longer used or even known to others!
For example, think of the term “groovy”; you might hear this word and think of the 1960’s or 70’s when people used it to mean something is “cool” (yet another buzz word) or fashionable. Because that’s when it really caught on and became a popular term, or
became a “buzz word”!
You may be surprised to know that the term “groovy” actually originated in the 1920’s!
It was used by jazz musicians to refer to music that was played with a certain “finesse“. The term was based from the phrase “in the groove,” which was used to describe the way a needle on a record player followed the grooves of a record to produc e sound.
Neat, huh? And probably pretty different from what you originally thought about the word “groovy”. That’s how powerful “buzz words” can be! Their surge in popularity can completely change the connotation of a pre-existing term!
Every generation or season has different buzz words. Some come and go; and others have lasted through the ages. I don’t remember the last time I actually heard the term “groovy” used like it was in the 70’s; but people still use the term “cool” (and I don’t mean temperature), despite it’s origin dating all the way back to the 40’s!
If you haven’t been inspired by any buzz words or phrases in the past, consider this one: OWN IT!
Nike started the “Just do it!” campaign back in 1988, and it is still part of their campaign 25 years later. Why? Because it held us accountable and made us responsible for making us “OWN” our decision to exercise and lay aside all excuses. Wow!
The same principal needs to be true in all that we do as leaders. We need to “OWN IT!”
But what exactly does it mean to “own it”?
Taking ownership of something is when we take full undisputed responsibility of it from beginning to end; no exception, no excuses. Just like Nike’s renowned 2-word campaign!
Your life, your choices, your legacy; OWN IT!
Your responsibilities, your titles, your career; OWN IT!
“Own it” leaves no room for being a victim to your own choices or failures. Even if you reach part of your journey where something happens that is beyond your control; you must still “own” that situation and figure out the next step and move on.
The only true failure is in giving up.
You need to OWN your choices in order to create your OWN legacy.
Every choice has it’s own voice. What do your choices say?
It is my desire to inspire you to “own” everything you do on your journey to create AWCL. Consider the voices of the choices you make, what they say about you and your legacy, and always remember to OWN IT!