Accountability equals dependability.

 

“God does not begin by asking our ability, only our availability, and if we prove our dependability, He will increase our capability.

Neal A. Maxwell

Everyone makes mistakes. When I make a mistake, I own it. I learn from the error and am bettered by it. I accept accountability for my decisions and actions. Being responsible is a way of being and thinking for me. It empowers me, because I feel increased control over events in my life. I take equal pride in my strengths and shortcomings. I refrain from making excuses. Instead, I develop resolutions. Resolutions are an acknowledgement of the challenges I face, coupled with a solution for overcoming. For others, it may be easier to be irresponsible.

Being accountable is demanding, but I rise to the occasion. I police my own actions because I have a responsibility to myself. I must be able to depend on myself before others can. When I voice responsibility for my actions, others notice. I am an example for them to follow because I am reliable and trustworthy. They know they can depend on me. Because I am dependable, my decisions and actions affect and influence theirs. Persistence, honesty, and integrity are fundamental traits I possess. I rely on these traits when I accept accountability for shortcomings.

Today, my ability to accept responsibility has a positive impact on others. I am looked to for guidance. I seek new ways to guide others. It feels great to know others can rely on me to help them overcome obstacles.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. Whom do I look to for guidance?

2. How has being accountable had a positive impact in my life?

3. Have I seen examples of the adverse effects of being irresponsible?

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