“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. Proverbs 11: 14
I am so excited today because we are have way on this journey of #LAST70DAYSOF2013 and I tell you, it has been awesome to me. I never imagined at the beginning of this series that I would’ve learnt the heap of things that I have so far. They are too numerous to mention and I can boldly tell you that I have never experienced this kind of leap in all of my life at a single moment before. I consider myself already prepared for what God is bringing into my life in 2014. I am sure this is the same with all of my friends who have been following this series. So today is Day 35 and we will discuss accountability and its role in your life plan either for 2014 or for the rest of your life. Enjoy this piece!
Unfortunately, most people view accountability as something that belittles them or happens when performance wanes, problems develop or results fail to materialize. After all, when things are sailing along smoothly, people rarely ask, “Who is accountable for this success?”
But what if we look at accountability according to a definition by an article on American Management Association’s website as “a personal choice to rise above one’s circumstances and demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving desired results—to See It, Own It, Solve It, and Do It.” This definition includes a mindset or attitude of continually asking, “What else can I do to rise above my circumstances and achieve the results I desire?” It requires a level of ownership that includes making, keeping and answering for personal commitments. Such a perspective embraces both current and future efforts. Armed with this new definition of accountability, you can help yourself and others do everything possible to both overcome difficult circumstances and achieve desired results for the year to come.
Accountability is the virtue found in people with a true and sincere desire for success in their life’s pursuit. Accountability is, at its essence, a commitment to action, a commitment to measure oneself (even if others forget) by agreed-upon metrics, goals and objectives, and to make those measurements and results public to those who need them. Every successful man also accounts to someone. This person he accounts to serves to checkmate him and help him ensure that he is on the right track. You may have a good life plan, and put all things in order to work towards achieving it but you will likely not achieve the level of success you desire without a very good mechanism of accountability in place.
So many people begin off with a good life plan but do not have any one who they are accountable to, not even their self. It is important to note that the road you are plying has been plied by several others. Their experience will count very much in helping you go through successfully. Launching into 2014 is like going out for warfare and it is written that “For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety. Therefore, developing the culture of accountability is for your own good. It gives you the power to exercise ownership over the outcomes and consequences of your daily decisions as you work towards your life plan. It will do you more good than bad to have a system of accountability in life. It saves you from every looming disaster before it arrives.
Developing a culture of accountability starts from setting clear goals and expectations for yourself, figuring out how you will keep to the rules of the games of attaining to those goals, and constantly having a reminder of and knowing what the expectations are from time to time when you keep or break the rules as you journey down the road to success.
Most importantly in developing a system of accountability is the person you are accountable to. To me, there are three sets of people you should be accountable to in your life plan;
1. You must be accountable to God: It is God who gave you the life you are living. It is Him who gave you the idea you are pursuing, the dream and vision you want to achieve in life all came from Him. So you owe Him that responsibility of continuously tabling everything before Him from time to time. By so doing, He will open your eyes to things you need to do more or do right to get along and ahead in your journey. If you put Him aside, it is likely your plan will fail no matter who else you are accountable to. You must prove to God at all times that you are doing what He expects you to be doing.
2. You must be accountable to yourself: I am convinced if you want to advance your life personally or professionally, you must hold yourself accountable for your actions, responsibilities, and goals. Think about it. Why should it be someone else’s job to make sure you are doing the things that you know you should to be doing? The mindset you should adopt is: it is up to me and no one else to make sure I am doing what I know I should be doing. You are the one that must hold yourself to a high standard. If you will hold yourself accountable for your actions, responsibilities, and goals, you can achieve anything that is important to you.
3. You must be accountable to the wise in your life: There are wise men that have answers to certain questions in your heart. It is said that if you want to see far, then you need to stand on the shoulder of other people. That is exactly what this is about. While you are the primary person to be accounted to, you must understand that you are not the custodian of all knowledge. A lot of people know more than you. It is your responsibility to identify those people and seek their opinion at every time you are able to. Share your plans with them and request they call you to order anytime you go against your set goals and objectives.
With these, you will be amazed how you will avoid every loophole and pot-holes on the way to your destiny.
Prayer: You will not be void of wise counsel in your journey through 2014 and through life. Every pride that will make you unaccountable will be taken away in Jesus name, Amen.