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It's Okay............

Friday, August 12, 2011

Itís okay to admit it. Youíll have lots of company when you do and youíll find you are not alone. Some days Iím leading the pack. Go ahead!!!

Accountability sucks.

It neatly and succinctly points out all of our soft and weak spots and I have never been able to write a story, poem, or song that sings the praises of accountability. Iíve never heard anyone whisper behind my back ďDid you know heís REALLY accountable?Ē It sucks. Every morning you get out of bed and you look out over your day and you either sigh or grunt. Accountability can be like a hundred pound stone in your back pack. It weighs you down. It makes you stumble and fall. No one is ever praised for being accountable. Has your boss ever called you into their office and told you that you are an accountable person? Usually we are told the exact opposite; we need to become more accountable for our thoughts words and actions.

It sucks. It sucks because we know those talking heads and speaking points so neatly displayed on a Power Point presentation are absolutely right. We falter, we fail, we get lost because we rarely hold ourselves accountable. Maybe Iím being too harsh. Maybe you are great at holding yourself accountable. If so, could you write and tell me how you do it, long term?

With accountability comes goal setting. In all honesty I approach goal setting as a ďset it and forget it,Ē endeavor. I look at all the amazing and marvelous goals Iíve set for myself and all the goals Iíve given up on because ofÖÖÖ. Well go ahead and fill in the blank. Iíve got a million reasons/slash excuses.

So here is what Iíve learned in convincing myself I am worth all this emotional and physical pain I am enduring: World peace goals donít work. Everyone want world peace, but how do you get it? Everyone wants to be healthy, slender and activeÖÖÖ.

Iím reverting to simplicity. Iíll weigh myself on Mondayís My first very reachable and accountable goal is to lose ten pounds. Thatís it for right now. I believe I can even find a silver accountability lining in losing ten pounds. It sort of takes the heat off. I AM worth the effort thatís required to do so. So like it or not, here we go once again in fond, fond hope of getting the scale moving in the right direction.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 11:09AM

    So that's what I do with goals...set it and forget it!!! Thank you for explaining that! I, too, am getting back on track, one day at a time.

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TNANCE3 9/6/2011 1:32PM

    I believe in you, John. I know you can do this. I just wish I could convince myself that I can do it. Not doing too good at that lately. Haven't convinced myself that I am worth the effort, either. I am doing some soul searching and working on getting myself psyched up to try again to get healthier and lose about 80 pounds. I just can't seem to stick with anything and am so tired of failing. Keep the faith, stay accountable to God and yourself, if no one else. Take care of yourself, too.
Teresa emoticon

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HKARLSSON 8/13/2011 10:00PM

    You have been peeking inside my head again. Maybe I'll just make myself accountable for losing ONE pound. That's about all the motivation I can muster right now, and it sure is hard to get rid of even ONE of those little suckers for very long.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 8/13/2011 8:04PM

    emoticon You are worth it!!!

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NASFKAB 8/13/2011 1:34AM

  Great blog

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CARTOONB 8/12/2011 10:40PM

    Being held accountable usually means taking the blame. Not a good thing!

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LYNMEINDERS 8/12/2011 10:10PM

    I agree with you John...accounability does comes back to bite us and bites us hard....

You can so loose 10 pounds.....get started and it will surprise you......right there with you

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    Oh thoughts are provoked! I just started back in the public schools where accountability is King and I have to remind myself that we are not dealing with a machine we are dealing with a living organism who despite our best intentions will fail sometimes due to circumstances beyond its control...not sure this is a good analogy but...I'm human. Hmmmmmm.

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MIZZSB 8/12/2011 4:04PM

    very cool!!
you can do this, 1 step at a time....

We are here for you!!

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OUTDOORSDC 8/12/2011 3:57PM

    I see you pop up on my news feed almost every day. Even on the days when I'm not here, I'm sure you're still popping up on the news feed. That seems like the most important type of accountability.

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HONORINGGOD 8/12/2011 3:14PM

    Proud of you And your worth it.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/12/2011 1:17PM

    When you find that silver accountability lining in losing ten pounds- thow it out here, my is lost.

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KKINNEA 8/12/2011 12:51PM

    Can't tell you how to be accountable over the long-term since I keep resetting myself.

Simplicity is the answer as far as I'm concerned!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/12/2011 12:06PM

    I'm about 98% at holding myself accountable. I think it has something to do with how I was raised. My father never allowed me to say I could not do something as he would prove to me I could. LOL. So I do what I have to do almost all the time but I can still cause a lot of damage in that 2% of unaccountability. LOL. If I agree to do something to someone else it will get done and I need to do the same with myself.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/12/2011 11:43AM

    One small step, one small goal at a time. That's really the only way to do it, John; those big, huge, grand goals I've set? Yeah, they do nothing to motivate me and get me moving in the right direction. It's the small ones, the 'maybe I have some hope of getting there' goals that keep me going. And you're right--accountability sucks, but you are worth the effort.

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HDHAWK 8/12/2011 11:38AM

    I'm starting over in exactly the same way. I'm not going to try and do everything perfectly all at once. I'm going back to making improvements along the way and building consistency. We'll get there John, we've done it before!

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STILLPOINT 8/12/2011 11:30AM

    You are Worth the Effort that's required to do so! Awesome! 10 lb goal - perfect!

You WILL do it!


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