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3/22/2019 1:16:00 PM
Succeed With Accountability

Marty Reep, Author
Speaker, Forward-Thinker

Being accountable to others can help you succeed in your life personally and professionally.  It keeps you on track with your goals, keeps you out of trouble, and is good for the soul.

Being accountable doesn’t mean that you have to share every single, little, nit-picky detail about your life.  It does mean you are willing to be an open book to those people around you that you trust and those that you want to be trusted by. 

The list of people you are accountable to may be short, or it may be long.  Either way, have a list, and respect it.  If others you’ve allowed into your life point out things that you need to work on or improve, consider their suggestions and decide how you need to implement them. 

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As you have probably figured out by now, much of life is learned through trial, error, and success.  So, pick your accountability team, and get to it!

Here are some of the things that being accountable can do in your personal and professional life:

  • Build relationships
  • Sustain friendships
  • Hone consistency
  • Prevent cheating
  • Prevents affairs
  • Increase trust
  • Strengthen honesty

One of the simplest ways to use accountability is through a checklist.  By listing things you want to get done and tracking your progress, you can quickly increase your productivity.  A daily checklist will help with the short-term goals.  A weekly or monthly one will help you achieve your long-term ones.  Checklists will bring to light the issues you need to work on, and sharing some of those items with other people will help keep you on track to succeed.

As Louis Brandeis (former associate justice, US Supreme Court) once wrote, "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman."  So, when the light of truth shines on your ideas, motives, actions, and responses, the core basis is revealed.

As with any tool, accountability can be used for good or for bad purposes.  It can be used to help people live better lives, or it can be used to “keep score” against somebody.  If used in good ways, it will produce beneficial results.   If used as a manipulative tool, it will yield negative, destructive results. 

If you own a company, you understand the importance of accountability.  If fact, many companies hire outside accountants for that very reason.  They are hired by companies to keep their financial integrity intact. 

Another thing accountability is good for is preventive maintenance.  Meaning, how many careers would still be on the right track if the person had been accountable to somebody else all along the way?  How many ministries would still be helping other people if the leader had been held accountable?  How many previous leaders in business or government would still be leading today, if they had been accountable to someone else?

Therefore, do what’s right, and ask others to help you along the way.  You’ll be happily surprised at how many people are willing to help you stay on track, both personally and professionally.  Why?  Because in the long run, they stand to benefit along with you when you work hard, stay honest, and do what you said you were going to do.

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