Accountability is an enviable trait that I have admired and coveted for a long time. Being able and willing to maintain your integrity, stay committed to your goals and be time conscious has to be a God-given talent, right? So, I started working towards this and realised that I could work on having personal accountability by myself. Shocker!
I have learnt a lot about this topic and I’m here to share with you.
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Let’s adopt a more refined definition.
Cambridge dictionary defines accountability as the act of being responsible for what you do and being able to give a satisfactory reason for it. As we will like to hold our leaders accountable, we should also hold ourselves accountable for our action.
Most times, we relate accountability with consequences. We think punishment for something left undone. Five other key words to identify with accountability are responsibility, commitment, ownership, obligation and willingness. All these words, including consequence are always evident in definitions of accountability. To be accountable, you have to be responsible for yourself and your goals (tasks) and own it, be committed to it, remember that you are obliged to make it work and be willing to do so while keeping in mind the fact that if things don’t work out, you also have to accept the consequences and keep at it. In short, be consistent.
While accountability as a topic of discussion is broad, we narrow it down and focus on personal accountability.
Personal accountability is being aware of the fact that you are responsible for your actions, in-actions, goals and its achievements. Though some individual possesses and clearly exhibit it, it is an attribute that can be learnt. How so? Let’s start with the following points below.
Commitment means to dedicate yourself completely to something. In being accountable to yourself, you have to be willing to do what it takes to get your desired results. Commit to your goals and dreams enough to stick to it even when tough challenges come.
According to William H Murray,
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too”.
Personal accountability is Consistency
Giving up is the easiest thing to do in the face of challenges. But rather than do this, try a different approach, be determined to bounce back from setbacks and keep running. Accountability also includes doing the right thing consistently, every day and with every task. Personal accountability is possible if you are consistent with the goals that you want to be accountable for.
Mistakes are part of everyday living. See your mistakes made as teachable moments. We all make mistakes, the important thing is how we handle these mistakes. Learn from your mistake and try a different tactic. Living with a victim’s mindset does not lead to a successful life, it only dampens your spirit and restricts your growth.
Personal accountability is definitely a character trait that everyone should possess. It’s a constant voice of reasoning behind every decision.