Accountability: The Secret to Winning in Life

There is no doubt that accountability is the hidden secret of high performing individuals and high performing organizations.

Webster’s Dictionary defines accountability as the quality or state of being accountable; an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions.

To be in a position of leadership in anything you do in life, it is vital that you be accountable.  That could take the form of a boss, a friend, a co-worker, a parent, a spouse, a family member, or a kid.  We all are accountable to God with everything we do and God sees everything. 

People deal with us based on what they think about us, not what we think they should think about us.  So, when we make a commitment, we have to fulfill that commitment in the eyes of others.  It is not good enough to fulfill the commitment in just our own eyes.  Fulfilling the commitment in the eyes of others is the tricky part.

In my different men’s groups I am involved with through the churches I attend, we act as each other’s accountability partners.  We have a time whenever we meet that we can share about things going on in our lives.  Things that are going well as well as things we are struggling with.  The other guys in the group will pray for you throughout the week, but they will also help you by holding you accountable for what you say you will do.  Life can be very tough and it is even more tough when you try to deal with your struggles alone.  Having the other guys as accountability partners really helps me to step up and make changes that need to be changed.

Your spouse or significant other make wonderful accountability partners.  This is because you see them everyday and they see many of the things that you do that most other people don’t see.  It can also be very frustrating because they can see more than you usually want them to see.  Having their support and observations on your can be very helpful to your development as a person if you are willing to let them help you.

To be accountable in our jobs, it is necessary for us to go to our customers, our suppliers, the people we work for and even the people who work for us and ask them, “How am I doing?”  We allow them to hold us accountable, in their eyes, for our commitments.  Accountability is about being reliable.  To get a good picture of your accountability, you may want to periodically ask yourself, “Can people count on me to do what I say I’ll do, as I said I would do it?”

Accountability is about high performance and not fear or stress.  It’s about being willing to hold yourself to a standard that improves the performance of yourself and your organization.  It is about having a willingness to be held accountable by others.

I would like to challenge you today to make sure you have someone in your life that you are accountable to.  They will help you from getting off the road to success you are on.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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