Accountability breeds response-ability. Stephen R. Covey
We are accountable only to ourselves for what happens to us in our lives. Mildred Newman
It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. Sir Josiah Stamp
A lot of us are slow in fully realizing that we are the individual in charge. We may not be in charge of much, but when it gets down to it, we are, at the least, responsible for us. If our life is headed in a good direction, then the credit largely belongs to us. On the contrary, if our life is not what we want it to be or what we dream about, the responsibility or the blame comes to rest on our own shoulders.
Most of us have had unacceptable shopping or dining experiences. Sometimes this resulted in making a complaint to the manager, “the person in charge”. They are responsible to listen and take appropriate action to rectify such situations. When it comes to us; our actions, behaviors, attitudes, discipline, motivation, our ability to focus; all these things, and so much more, all are our responsibility. If there is an issue or complaint that needs to be made, it must be made by us to us. We are the complaint manager, the person in charge.
Many of us are only doing a marginal job of managing our own establishment. We have a tendency to overlook or take lightly the self-management of our own operation. Some of us are quick and boisterous in expressing our opinion about how others run their own shop. We forget the wisdom of the adage that says people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. It is much easier to critique other’s shortcomings rather than address our own. Our time is spent more efficiently minding our own business, looking in the mirror, and working on our own management issues. Most of us are well aware of our major faults. We have seen and witnessed ourselves in action many, many times. We know what need to be fixed and improved.
The things we pay the closest attention to are these things we usually do best. Our jobs, raising kids and hobbies are often where we put forth our best efforts. We know from experience we are capable of paying attention and performing at superlative levels. Personal growth and development, and personal accountability and responsibility are areas where we need to do better at minding and managing our own the store. There are ongoing consequences, as well as likely future consequences, for doing this at any less than our absolute best.
Challenge: Chances are you know what it is to have a boss or supervisor, someone responsible for you. Ultimately, you are your own boss and supervisor. The buck stops with you. The person in charge is you. Credit for the good things belongs to you. Responsibility for the bad and unacceptable also belongs to you. Blaming others, circumstances and so forth does nothing to improve things. Take personal responsibility, be accountable.
Wisdom My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment. Oprah Winfrey
Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:10
Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2
God in his infinite wisdom gave us the ability to be free. Consequently, we are responsible and accountable. We have freedom to choose. He will not make us do what is best. We are responsible for choosing our path and making decisions about the course and nature of our lives. We are our own managers and supervisors. The wisest choice we can ever make is to ask God to become our advisor, to guide and help us to make our best decisions.
Prayer: Help me to always look to you for counsel and advice that I might become a better person.