Do you want to be more successful – at work, at home? Do you want to be more relaxed, less anxious and happier? One of the most powerful ways to achieve these is to make a life-changing choice – and that is to simply be.. accountable.
We all know people who go through life as victims – perhaps you are one of these people too? I’m not referring to true victims – victims of crime etc – but people who never seem to associate their own actions or behaviour (cause) with the results, the outcome (effect). Everything seems to happen to them. It was never something that they did; they are simply unlucky. If they are not accountable, if it is not their fault – then they have not failed, life failed them.
Personally, I find this sort of attitude unpalatable and the reason is that it is simply a state of mind. It has nothing to do with ability, intelligence, social background or education. It is a mental habit that can be changed and once done it will be the most liberating experience of someone’s life. You reap what you sow.
No one is looking out for you, but you. If you keep playing the victim, you will never be in control of your own life. You see, there is a direct relationship between the amount of control you feel you have over your life and your personal well-being, your happiness. The more out of control you feel – at home, at work, or both – the less satisfied you are with your life; the lower your job satisfaction.
In order to take control of your life, you have to start to accept responsibility for it; you must become accountable. You can’t change the behaviour of others, you can only truly change yourself. Simply step up. If anything goes wrong – accept responsibility.
I believe that it is impossible to achieve anything worthwhile in life without becoming personally accountable. It’s not about others holding you accountable, it is about holding yourself accountable.
This is your life; take control and be responsible and you will achieve more, be happier and never be a victim again.