Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
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Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
Most people have heard the term “accountability” in reference to blame or accusations. When something goes wrong, people ask, “Who’s accountable for this breakdown?” In 1985, I discovered that accountability is “counting on ourselves and each other.” Accountability became the single most important tool I used for transforming my fears and doubts into positive action to achieve my dreams and help others. True accountability leads to personal growth, loving relationships, and living a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Three Keys of Accountability:
1. Attitude of Gratitude – Increasing Your Joy
Accountability is taking “a count” of the good in our lives – our successes, friends, learning, and God-given talents. I learned that focusing on gratitude minimized the negative thoughts that resulted in doubt and discouragement and increased my joy and positive outlook.
Accountability in Action: In the morning and before bed at night, take five minutes to be grateful for all the good in your life. On challenging days, think of simple things: your health and a roof over your head. On better days, be grateful for your capabilities and for the supportive people in your life.
Accountability is counting your blessings.
2. Service in Action – Building Confidence and Fulfillment
Accountability is being counted on to support other living things – human beings, animals, and the environment. When friends, co-workers, or strangers need help and I contribute without expecting anything in return, I feel uplifted, confident, and fulfilled.
Accountability in Action: Each day, support (with no expectation) someone in your family or at work – or a stranger. You could do a small act of kindness or lend a compassionate ear or a helping hand. Notice how it feels knowing you’re making a meaningful contribution.
Accountability is being counted on to leave a situation better off.
3. Forgive, Learn, and Correct – Experiencing More Love
Accountability is being counted on for our own well-being and empowerment. No matter how much I plan and how hard I work, I still make mistakes and come up short. It’s natural. I’m human. It’s how I deal with those mistakes that determine my accountability and my success.
Accountability in Action: When you make a mistake, take ownership through admission, gentle forgiveness, learning, and correction. Forgiveness is having ruthless compassion for your humanness. But accountability isn’t complete until learning and corrective action keeps you from repeating the same mistakes.
Accountability is ruthless compassion and using mistakes to improve ourselves.
When we’re accountable by joyfully serving others and compassionately learning from our mistakes, we’re living a meaningful life.
– Mark Samuel