I first experienced the POWER of accountability through a mentor 15 years ago. I was stuck at the time in blame, self-doubt, and anger. When she asked me to write down what I was committed to accomplish and then checked back with me a few weeks later and asked, “did you do what you said you were going to do?” all these excuses started flying out of my mouth as to why I did some things and not others. As soon as I heard myself saying my excuses out loud to someone else, I saw them for what they were, and I took the first step towards getting out of my own way. For many years after that I studied with my mentor the principles of accountability, commitment, personal responsibility, integrity, and respect. When I wasn’t training with her I would try to hold myself accountable, making lists and setting goals, but without someone else to hold me to my word, I continued to fall short. Eventually, I put together a group of people that all shared a belief in the power of being accountable. I started looking forward to our meetings so much that I took what we were doing and shared it within my company. Once I realized the positive impact running the groups was having on each person’s life that I was working with I knew this is what I was supposed to be doing.
Working with people to improve their lives, their circumstances, their state of being has left me deeply grateful. I am constantly impressed by your willingness to be honest, to look at your own shortcomings, and to improve.
The necklace I am wearing in the photo above says ‘create’ on one side and ‘inspire’ on the other. I wear it as a reminder of what I am here to do. What are you here to do?