Without accountability, you will get no where in your career. Your personal life will suffer. No one will trust you.
Wow! That was a harsh way to start this article. But, it’s true. Sometimes the truth hurts.
You can be accountable to yourself or to others. Accountability to you is mostly a private issue. It’s not giving up on something you decided to do. Accountability to others is typically of a public nature. You tell someone you will do something so you need to do it.
Let’s look at a couple of examples.
Personal Accountability: It is almost 11 p.m. on a Friday night and I am writing this article. I should be in bed because I’m getting up early and going to the office. I could postpone writing this and just go to bed. That’s what I want to do. But…I promised myself I would post an article tonight. Therefore, here I am.
Accountability to Others: A couple of weeks ago I was asked to review a presentation to make sure it was technically correct. The only problem was that I was going to have to do it on a weekend while I was out of town for a family trip. I said I would get it done and I did.
If I had not finished reviewing that presentation that weekend, it could have set the entire process behind. Sure, I had a good “excuse” to not do it. But I did it. As James writes in James 5:12, “Let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no.” What a great saying to live by!
Have you ever been to a business event (conference, networking event, etc.) and saw several name tags still on the table. Those people said they would be there but did not show. What do you think of those people when you see their names on the table? If nothing else, they or their companies could have saved the registration fees.
One problem I often see is that a person is afraid to say “no.” If you are not sure you can do something, don’t agree to do it. In most cases, “I might” or “maybe” ends up meaning “no.” Just be honest. Be true to yourself and others.
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Let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no.