Let's first take a look at what accountability is. Accountability is being responsible for your actions and accepting ownership of what you have done in all areas of life.
We are all currently accountable at right this moment, for all of the results we have in our lives, based upon our decisions and choices we have made in the past.
So if that is the case...
"If you always do what you have always done, you will always get the same result. Until you start to do things differently, don't expect a different result."
I read that in a book in the past, (I am sorry for not recalling which one of the many books...)
The author went on to explain that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
So if you are not achieving results in your life, you are accountable for that area. You are responsible. What are you going to do differently?
There was a point in my life where I was heading down the wrong path. I wasn't happy, I was doing some things I probably shouldn't have been doing. My main priority in life at the time was to party and have fun. That was my focus. My finances started getting worse. I started falling behind. I dug myself into a pile of debt, blame, excuses, unhappiness, and a total lack of accountability in my life in all areas. My relationships with my friends were suffering, my family, and most importantly, my relationship with myself was not healthy. I completely lacked any sense of accountability for my results I was experiencing.
Then one day I was talking to a friend. They said Jesse, if you are not happy with your life, maybe you should look at the person in the mirror.
That really hit home. I was responsible for my own misery and unhappiness at the time. I was responsible for my lack of goals. I was responsible for my finances and the fact I was living paycheck to paycheck (which is not a healthy way to live.)
Another great book I read is called, QBQ, The Question Behind the Question.
In this book the author teaches you to live above the line. Instead of placing blame and pointing fingers saying, "They could have done that better", or "It is the economy." or "It is his fault.' The question you want to ask yourself is, "What could I have done differently?" or "What could I do?"
When you live your life from an area of Personal Accountability in all areas of life there is no blaming others, or circumstances. When you take responsibility in your life for all results, you live life powerfully. You take control of your destiny, and you unlock your potential in all areas of life.
I challenge you to do a little exercise:
Grade yourself on a scale of 1-10 in all areas below. 10 being the best 1 being the worst. How satisfied are you with your current area in your life. This is meant to help you realize that each of us is responsible for all areas of our lives.
1. Career - How satisfied are you? Are you doing what you feel you should be doing?
2. Finances - Are they healthy? Do you feel good about them? Are you in control and ahead?
3. Personal Health - Do you take care of yourself? Are you eating right and exercising regularly?
4. Relationships with Family - Are your relationships where you want them to be? Is there anything that needs to be cleaned up?
5. Relationships with Friends - Are your relationships with your friends satisfying? Are you investing them time to keep those relationships alive?
6. Relationship with spouse - if you do not have a spouse, no worries, rate your relationship with yourself. Are you happy with yourself? Are you feeling good with your relationship and happy with where you are at?
7. Spirituality & Purpose - Are you living your purpose? Whatever your beliefs are you connected?
8. Personal Growth - Are you happy with the progress you have made? Are you evolving as a person?
9. Fun & Recreation - Do you make time to have fun with the things you enjoy? Do you spend time outdoors?
10. Home & Physical Space - Are you content with your home? Is it organized and clean? Do you love going home?
Now that you have evaluated the areas. Be proud of who you are and where you have come from. Take a moment and think about all of the areas in your life.
So what else could you do in your life to unlock your potential in all areas?
What action could you take to make a difference in those areas of life?
Personal Accountability. What does it now mean to you?
Take control of your life in all areas.
Unlock your potential.
Until next time...