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Seeking Accountability

September 14, 2021

Accountability is something we all need, yet very few of us seek. In fact, my natural inclination is to resist it.

The word accountable is comprised of two parts: account and able.

To account for something is to measure. The word accounting is used to describe the measuring, processing, and reporting of financials. Furthermore, if someone is held to account for something, not only has it been measured or evaluated, but the person is made to explain why they did it. Sometimes being held to account even involves punishment.

The second part is the word able. Able is having the power, skill, or means to do something.

When you put them together, being accountable looks like someone, or something, holding your feet to the fire. If you’re accountable then you’re measured against what you committed to do.

We all need accountability. Sometimes it’s a system, a technology, or even just self-discipline. However, more often than not, most people need someone or some external force to help us hit our goals.

Bob Proctor says it this way, “Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result.”

We need it professionally and we need it personally.

Where do you need to seek accountability?

Working out.
Learning a new language.
Working collaboratively.
Listening to others.
Reading the Bible.
Putting down your phone.
Investing in your family.
Eating healthier.
Studying for an exam.
Hitting a deadline.
Getting out of debt.

Yours might be on this list or it might not, but each of us have areas where we need accountability.

Here’s my challenge for you this week:

1. Find one area you need to seek accountability.
2. Create a goal in that area (one that is specific and has a deadline)
3. Put a system in place to hold you accountable (that system might just mean asking someone to help).

I’m working to seek and invite accountability, even when I don’t want it.


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