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Mark Samuel Mark Samuel consultant. author. team igniter.

Author and consultant Mark Samuel, assists individuals and organizations in achieving significant change – measurably improving performance, teamwork, and communication. [www.impaqcorp.com]

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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

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