How Accountable Are You?

How Accountable Are You?

How accountable are you for the circumstances and results in your life? If you are like most people, you are only willing to accept partial accountability for the areas of your life that are less than perfect. In fact, most people prefer to assign blame, play victim or point fingers at others. Or, they want the government to solve all of their problems for them. In contrast, successful people always hold themselves 100% accountable for everything that they do or do not do in their lives, including what happens to them outside of their control. Successful people know that they (and only they) have the ultimate power to create their destiny.

What is accountability? Accountability is the responsibility to act. For example, successful people take 100% responsibility for making relationships work with zero expectation of receiving anything in return. They know that when left to chance, relationships will always be subject to misalignment or vulnerability. The same is true for results. When another person has the responsibility to take action, but does not, successful people ask,“What was my part in it?” They also ask, “Have I done everything possible to ensure a successful outcome?” If not, they continue to challenge themselves to make the necessary adjustments.

You make choices and then choices make you. Where you are today is the result of the choices that you have made in the past. If you take 100% accountability for your actions and decisions (past, present and future), you hold the power. The phrase, “If it is to be, it is up to me” becomes your standard. Circumstances, luck or the right situation no longer matter (or they matter less). By taking 100% accountability for yourself, you become liberated – no excuses, no finger-pointing, no victims. No matter how bad the economy, who the president is . . . or what someone does or does not do, you are 100% in control of your life.

All contents copyright © 2010, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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