Don’t Overcomplicate Accountability

How does one become accountable? It is not a complicated process. It’s actually very easy and starts with something you already have—your thoughts.

Your thoughts have the incredible power to produce the outcome you want … or don’t want. When you use your thoughts to create a mindset that continually reminds you that you are in control and have the power to influence your success, your subconscious mind will automatically begin to work to make that happen.

The dictionary defines accountability as an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions or results. This official definition sounds more complicated than it actually is, though. Accountability is simply accepting that there is only one person responsible for your success—you. When you understand that and become accountable, you will find that success follows.

Negative thoughts steer us away from success and help us make excuses for them. Positive thoughts, however, serve as a continual reminder of what we can do, not what we cannot do. As a result, we give ourselves the power and permission to produce the outcomes we want. When we make that a conscious choice and reaffirm our accountability to ourselves on a daily basis, it will eventually become an automatic habit that we follow without even thinking about it.

The next time things aren’t going right, be accountable. Look to yourself first, before any other people or circumstances. Ask yourself how you may have contributed to the outcome you didn’t want. Did you have secret doubts that you could achieve what you wanted? Whether you had a lack of confidence or a lack of motivation, the negative thoughts associated with that directly affected your results. That is because the subconscious mind does not discriminate between positive or negative thoughts. It will go to work to align your results with your thoughts, regardless of what they are.

So hold yourself accountable for your own success. Reinforce the results you want by feeding your subconscious mind with positive thoughts that will support your success. It sounds too easy, but it is incredibly effective. Don’t overcomplicate accountability; it’s simply a matter of giving yourself permission to take control of your success and empowering yourself with the positive thoughts that can make it happen.

Ricky Kalmon is a motivational speaker, stage hypnotist and TV personality. For more information on Ricky Kalmon:


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