I was teaching a class on how to have a brilliant year and took the participants through an exercise to eliminate their Brilliance Blockers – you know, things that prevent you from doing your best. One of the questions I asked this eager-beaver group was, “What do you need to start doing and stop doing as it relates to beliefs and behaviors that sabotage your outcomes?”

One lady raised her hand and said, “I tend to delegate away what I should do to focus on what I want to do. I need to stop that and own it.” The moment she said it, there was a shift in the energy in the room and everyone was dead silent. I knew immediately that we had hit a nerve. So I told her to write down in her notebook the words “I will own it!” When she did, she became wide-eyed, as if a switch had been flipped.

This is the mark of a true professional…no excuses. Just own it. This is how people establish an internal brand in the organization. Just own it. No finger pointing, just own whatever is in front of you. People will know that you are the go-to person. If you intend to Release Your Brilliance, then own your work. It will speak volumes for you.