Principle # 7 – Responsibility/Accountability

What is accountability?  It is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.

I would like to chat about a subject that is notably lacking in our society today.  I’m going to approach it based on my observations in the Emergency Department.  Why is there a lack of Accountability in our Society?  What is Accountability?  Accountability is associated with accepting responsibility and being answerable for one’s actions; to be responsible, liable, answerable.

There are several illnesses that I witness in the Emergency Department because of the lack of accountability by patients.  These illnesses I label as poor Lifestyle Choices: Heart Attacks, Heart Disease, Strokes, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, High Cholesterol and Obesity.  The list is endless.  Yet, when conversing with my patients, the words of Personal Trainer and Fitness Expert Robin Bernal comes to mind. “ Most people have more excuses than the law allows.  It is always someone else’s fault.”

My Pop shared with me at a young age that most folks’ problems are caused by the Man in the Mirror.  Pop also believed that when you’re pointing at someone else believing they’re the root of all your problems, take note, three or four fingers are always pointing back at you.  If it is to be, it is up to me.

The reason Lack of Accountability shows up nightly in the news is because of the lack of Parents Being Accountable.  A number of Teacherslament some Parents insist that the School System raise their children!  For whatever reason, these parents feel like the School System can do a better job than them in raising their children.  The aforementioned is a prime example of lack of accountability.

There are several benefits of accepting personal responsibility and accountability for your life.  You gain the freedom to create your own life, any way you want it.  When you admit to yourself that you are solely responsible for your life, you immediately recognize how much control you really do have.

Theodore Roosevelt once said:  “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” Brene Brown states it perfectly: “If you own this story, you get to write the ending.”

Any goal that you want to achieve is within your control, and external circumstances don’t control your fate.   Are you driving in the direction that you want to go in life or do you have no direction?  Worse yet, are you going in the direction that others want you to go? I encourage you to take back control of your life, the rudder, and go in the direction that you want to go!

How can you take responsibility for your life? Recognize that you have choices.  Accept yourself and your circumstances.  Take full responsibility and the blame if it is indeed your fault.   Stop relying on external validation. Be open to new ideas and beliefs.  Forgive yourself and others.  And lastly, you are not responsible for other people.

Take Back Your Health and be Responsible for Your Own Life because it’s Yours