Accountability

100_1669Responsible and answerable, self supervision, answering to one’s self

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. Martin Luther

Accountability breeds response-ability.  Stephen Covey

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.  Les Brown

   Accountability is an important issue for everyone. When we were young our parents held us accountable. It was part of our training, educating, and up-bringing. If we did not live up to expectations we were counseled, reprimanded, and even punished. As part of passage into adulthood, our accountability transferred from our parents directly to us. How many of us are doing a superior job of holding ourselves accountable to living the life the way we know we should be living as adults?

    During our school days we received report cards. In addition to receiving letter grades, we received checkmarks or “x’s”. These grades measured conduct, character, neatness and other things. Would the world be a better place today if we were issued adult report cards? Would we be better adults if someone were to hold us more accountable? Everyone needs to be held accountable. Someone should be monitoring and grading us on how we are doing. Perhaps this should be another function of the government; providing us a report card on how we are doing in such areas as responsibility, character, honesty, work ethic and others. What a disaster that would be. We must hold ourselves accountable. Our bosses, spouses, friends, and even the government cannot take responsibility for something that belongs to us. Adulthood requires being mature and responsible. How many “so-called” adults are doing a excellent job of being a responsible adult?  

    Self-accountability is fundamental. Ideally we should have a list of character traits, actions and attitudes that we self-measure and monitor. We would score ourselves as acceptable, satisfactory, or needing improvement. This is the ultimate self-improvement and accountability system; measuring ourselves on the general basics of how we are doing. We could get down to the “nitty-gritty” and measure ourselves on what issues are preventing us from achieving our potential. The truth is no one is holding us accountable if we do not do this for ourselves.

     The bottom line is this: our lives are largely what we make of them. The more effort we put into it, the better the outcome. If we hold ourselves accountable to standards, values, principles and expectations, we will continue to grow and develop throughout our lives. If we do not do these things, our final report card will likely reveal we were not very responsible with our lives. We are truly accountable for how well we live up to our potential.

Challenge: Your are challenged to become more self-accountable. Are you really holding yourself accountable to things you should be doing? Do you plan for improvement? If you are not holding yourself accountable then who is? Starting today, become a better manager, supervisor, and coach. It is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. The idea is to do a little better day by day. You can manage your way to a better you.

Wisdom: We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the  American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. Ronald Reagan

Spiritual: (NIV)

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12

Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.  Isaiah 3:10

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

God hold us accountable. We will account for what we have done and for what we did not do. The Bible teaches the more we are given the more that is expected. We are expected to be good stewards of the talents and abilities he has given us. We are expected to leave the world and those around us better than the way we found them. It is hard if not impossible to do these things in our own strength. He will help us to live up to our abilities.

Prayer:  Help me to grow and to become that which you intend for me to be.

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