Accountable or Victim


It’s comforting to believe that success is just something that happens to the lucky few. If we believe this, then we don’t have to deal with the painful realities of why we are not among them. – Morrie Shechtman, author of Working Without a Net.

Victims tend to blame, have excuses, or they are in denial about their current situation. They tend to blame circumstances or others for their lack of progress. How many people do you know who say that their circumstances are the result of the economy, their company, the traffic, their relationship with parents, a divorce, the banker, their business partner, their staff, or it’s just fate or bad luck? It is always easier to put the blame on others or events rather than taking responsibility for our choices.

Sometimes we are unwilling to accept the facts and find ourselves in denial. We either don’t keep records or we ignore the “writing on the wall.”

Stephen Covey said that it is our decisions, not our conditions that determine where we end up.

On the other side of the coin is the person who takes ownership, accountability, and responsibility for their decisions and actions.  Ownership means that I own all things over which I have control and I own my response to all things over which I have no control. Wayne Dyer called it: “Response-Ability.

You may arrive late for an appointment; do you blame the traffic? You may not have had control over the traffic, but you did chose when to leave for the appointment. If you had managed your time better, perhaps you would not have been late.

Some people go into business for themselves so that they have more freedom to choose their work style, schedules and level of income.  They love their independence. But they are still responsible and accountable with regard to their employees, their clients, their families, and, if they are smart, to their coach.  Eventually some people figure it out that interdependence is a much higher level than independence. Michael Gerber, made this pretty clear when he wrote The E-Myth. Most of us could use some help with being the boss.

An accountable person would say: “When I say I am going to do something, I do it without excuses.” How well have you done at keeping the promises you made to yourself, your family and your clients?

Accountability can be the difference between excellence and mediocrity.

Click here to view a chart about the pros and cons of Accountability and victim  It is also printed on the next page..

Are you in a loop and getting similar results from month to month? Have you hit the Inevitable Plateau which is caused by a variety of factors including failure to create an effective business plan, failure to implement a well-designed marketing plan, failure to adjust to the changing marketplace, and failure to expand your team and improve its efficiency?
Talk to me about the 12 Week Year.

Impact and Benefits:

  • Increase your sales by 30% or more.
  • Learn to align your actions with your intentions.
  • Produce more in less time.
  • Work with more passion and urgency.
  • Eliminate the thinking that holds you back.
  • Lower your stress and gain more control.
  • Manage your practice like a CEO.
  • Gain exclusive access to Achieve! Our suite of online tools.
  • Take back control of your time and your results.

The 12 week Year defines what’s important to do today so that long-term objectives can be attained. It an operating system – a way of thinking about and doing business.

We can tailor a program to fit your situation. We have a full day and a half day workshops.  We can also spread the program out over seven weekly one-hour conference calls.  We also are available for speaking engagements such as a breakfast event.

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