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What Does It Mean To Be Accountable For An Action?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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Meaning of Being Accountable for an Action

When a person takes it to be their moral obligation to be responsible for their actions, it is known as accountability. When a person is accountable for his actions, they understand that their actions have a direct effect on greater things and take it up as a responsibility to see that action achieving the greater good. They look beyond personal goals and their intentions are clearer. For example, an office worker may work for a longer time than what they are paid for because they consider their work as personal responsibility and they are accountable for it. Delaying the work will only lead to the institution losing money.

Accountability can also be something as trivial as a person not stepping on an ant just because they could or even throwing trash in the trash can.

If a person does not understand the concept of accountability, they can present themselves with a problem statement: Whether or not the consequences of your actions affect your future or something that you care about. If they do, a sense of responsibility will take over your conscience and you will act on your goodwill to make sure that action sees success.

Personal accountability can sometimes prove to be beneficial.

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Benefits Of Accountability

Accountability can be beneficial in situations where time is of the essence. By completing the job on time and personally seeing its completion, you can save time and money.

Accountability can also lead a person to make healthy relations among the members of a working organization and promote feelings. When an issue arises, people who take responsibility for their decisions speak up and seek solutions. This not only prevents the situation from worsening, but it also prevents rising costs and delays.

Last but not least, personal accountability can help you advance in your career. When you demonstrate your dependability to senior colleagues, you establish yourself as a future leader.

How To Be More Accountable To Your Actions

Know Your Role

It’s difficult to be directly accountable if you don’t know what you’re in charge of. If this is the case, request a job description from your supervisor that clearly outlines your responsibilities. If your team’s duties are vague, ask your boss to spell out who is responsible for which tasks and to share this detail with everyone.

Be Honest

Only by being truly honest with yourself and others can you achieve success in life. This requires you to put your ego aside and accept that you’ve made a mistake. So, when things get tough, pay attention to your “gut feelings” and remember to ask for support if you’re having trouble, so you don’t disappoint anyone.

Honesty is always the best policy, but it can never be used to place blame on others.

Keep An Accountability Trigger

When you drift too far from your goals, a good friend will serve as an accountability trigger to help you get back on track. Reminders of a bleak world in which your dreams haven’t come true can be just the thing to set you off. A good friend must be your accountability catalyst from the start, and he must not let that responsibility fade away with time.

Don’t Procrastinate

Procrastination is a common method of avoiding accountability since it postpones coping with a problem, allowing someone else to fix it instead. Your coworkers will believe they can’t trust you, which will damage your professional reputation.

You will stop procrastinating if you understand why you do it. Is the work tedious? Do you need additional details or resources? Is there another reason for this?

Don't go overboard with your commitments

Everything will inevitably slip through the cracks if you take on too much. That means you’ve disappointed someone.

So, before agreeing to a new assignment, consider your schedule and whether you’ll be able to complete it to the best of your capacity.

Be Introspective

Make alterations. Accountability can help people learn more effectively. When something doesn’t go as planned, get suggestions and think about new ways to do it in the future. Spend some time at the end of each day reflecting on your decisions by answering these basic questions:

  • What would I have done differently today if I could go back in time?
  • How will I incorporate this transition into my work going forward?

Set realistic objectives

Setting ambitious targets will assist you in achieving small but significant goals and laying a stable basis on which to construct larger plans. In the same way that aspiring artists should not set unrealistic body expectations for themselves in a given time frame, a gym goer should not set unrealistic body expectations for themselves in a given time frame.

To Sum It Up

A good vision of what you want from your goals will aid you in achieving them and helping yourself. Seeking support and drawing optimistic conclusions about any aspect of life will take you a long way down the road. Believing in your ability to achieve your objectives and dedicating yourself to hard work from the start will ensure your success.