The Accountable Person’s Bill of 39 Rights

This accountable person’s Bill of 39 Rights is a guest blog post by John G. Miller of QBQ, Inc. I highly recommend reading it, and perhaps, taking it to heart.

  1. I reserve the right to choose my words carefully, taking responsibility for each of them.
  2. I reserve the right to worry less about how others live and more about how I live my life.
  3. I reserve the right to share my opinions without fear my character will be attacked.
  4. I reserve the right to not call people names when they disagree with me.
  5. I reserve the right to not be easily offended.
  6. I reserve the right to not live a life of griping and grievances.
  7. I reserve the right to not rejoice when others stumble.
  8. I reserve the right to remember that my actions always speak louder than my words.
  9. I reserve the right to not hide behind the Internet to lash out at people.
  10. I reserve the right to not start or engage in purposeless arguments on Facebook.
  11. I reserve the right to disagree.
  12. I reserve the right to not scream and yell at those who disagree with me.
  13. I reserve the right to use social media in a positive, uplifting manner.
  14. I reserve the right to say “I don’t know” when I don’t know.
  15. I reserve the right to admit when I am wrong.
  16. I reserve the right to work for all I have and not become entitled.
  17. I reserve the right to change the one person that I can—me.
  18. I reserve the right to not speak of things I know nothing about.
  19. I reserve the right to dismiss Hollywood stars who have decided they’re experts in all matters.
  20. I reserve the right to not put any celebrity—including politicians—on pedestals.
  21. I reserve the right to treat all human beings with respect.
  22. I reserve the right to honor my country by honoring its laws as written.
  23. I reserve the right to believe the U.S.A is the greatest nation on Earth.
  24. I reserve the right to vote for politicians based on their competence, experience, and principles—and no other factors.
  25. I reserve the right to not form an opinion until all facts are known.
  26. I reserve the right to makes decisions based on my values, not expediency.
  27. I reserve the right to be more concerned about my integrity than another’s.
  28. I reserve the right to share my blessings with the needy and not judge those who don’t.
  29. I reserve the right to turn off television shows that are counter to my family’s values.
  30. I reserve the right to ignore all talking heads on all television networks.
  31. I reserve the right to tune out any journalist who goes beyond reporting the news.
  32. I reserve the right to object to teachers using my kid’s classroom to share their politics. (Note to 1st – 12th grade teachers: Please stick to teaching reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic!)
  33. I reserve the right to not get caught up in fads, including the latest “diet” plan.
  34. I reserve the right to think before I speak.
  35. I reserve the right to resist marketer’s pitches for shiny new things and spend less than I earn.
  36. I reserve the right to engage in strong, confident, and loving parenting.
  37. I reserve the right to break from group thinking and reason for myself.
  38. I reserve the right to own my decisions and not blame the lousy ones on someone else.
  39. I reserve the right to take personal accountability for my life and make NO EXCUSES!

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Anonymity Dilutes Accountability by Dave Horsager

Dave HorsagerEvery now and then, we like to provide you with information from other trusted sources through guest blog posts. Enjoy this one from Dave Horsager, author of The Trust Edge.

A major way to increase accountability is to reduce anonymity. There is a reason that crime is less per capita in small towns; people know each other. They know what each other is up to, and they talk. They know who is at the bar and whose car is parked outside of “that person’s” house all night long. While gossip is certainly a negative; small town accountability can promote higher character.

If people know they are being watched, they are more likely to act above reproach. This is one of the reasons people do more stupid things in Las Vegas while on a business trip. Anonymity dilutes accountability. This is the reason why some conscientious families move computers into the main living area. By having the computers in a more public space, family members are less likely to go on sites they would be embarrassed to be found searching. And it’s the same reason why offices with open work spaces promote greater productivity than ones with solid doors and walls. Colleagues can see whether each other is napping, tweeting, or working.

Five Ways to Build Character

1. Be humble. It is the beginning of wisdom.

2. Live out your principles and values. Whether it’s “love others,” or “do the right thing,” living by your principles will make decision making easier and your character more steadfast. Make sure to hire principled people because it is very hard for any of us to learn principles after age 10.

3. Be intentional. Integrity does not happen by accident. We are all products of our thoughts and habits. Be intentional about filling your mind with good thoughts. Creating a habit of this internalizes principles and breeds high character.

4. Practice self-discipline. Being of high character takes the ability to do what is right over what is easy. As Harry S Truman said, “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.”

5. Be accountable. Surround yourself with people who have high expectations for you. Be responsible to yourself first. Lose the pride. Open yourself up to accountability. To see the questions I get asked every week by my accountability partner, go to www.TheTrustEdge.com.

David Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist, award-winning speaker, and author of the National Bestseller The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line.