Be Accountable Now

accountabilityWhen something goes wrong, you have two choices: You can complain and blame or you can make a change.

It is important to be responsible for you actions. Simple concept, but it is not the norm for people to take personal responsibility for their actions, their results or their consequences.

If accountability was easy the world would be a much better place. What would the world look like if everyone took responsibility for their actions, their own lives, for everything… all of the time? What if governments and governmental leaders did the same? The world would be transformed instantly!

Being accountable is neither popular nor is it easy. It is much easier to play the victim role and place blame outside of yourself. When you play the victim you only set yourself up for more opportunities to become one.

It takes a lot of courage to be accountable. It also takes courage to take responsibility for everything that happens around you.

Think about being fully accountable for every single thing in your life. Yes – everything – even when it is not your fault. Only by being fully accountable for everything will you have the opportunity to change everything as well. In that light, everything is your responsibility and everything is your fault but you are then empowered to change everything that needs changed.

One of my favorite quotes from Dan Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior, says…

“It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you’ll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you — consciously or unconsciously.”

You can achieve tremendous power by taking responsibility in any given situation. Being accountable gives you the opportunity and energy to change anything. It also allows you to fully own “where you are” and be empowered from within. You can accept and handle everything because you are aware that you “decided” to be there either by your thoughts or your actions. You are not affected by some external design or influence, nor are you a victim. Being accountable allows you to take back your power and use it for change.

Nobody is perfect, but if you are willing to actually look at yourself and take some kind of accountability, that can be a huge catalyst for change. It might not mean that you can turn everything around in an instant, but it is definitely a great place to begin.

How accountable are you in all areas of your life? What can you do today to work on your own personal accountability?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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