Spokane Regional Networking, Social Media, Professional and Business Development
What do I mean by the title of this blog?? As I start this blog I ruminate on how many times I have made someone wait for me to arrive, call them back, or meet them somewhere. And as I am writing this I realize that I made a promise I have yet to make good on. Is it irresponsibility that causes me to be unaccountable? Well to answer this question of myself very truthfully yet emphatically, “no!” I’m not irresponsible, but wait a moment maybe I am--maybe I am not responsible or “accountable” to myself for my own actions.
Now that I’ve made a very powerful statement about myself and who others may perceive me to be, not always, just at times, how do I fix me in a world that exhibits a ton of apathy. Come on, tell the truth, if we don’t call that person back we told we would, don’t we find a reason to “excuse ourselves.” Your dog swallowed a piece of rawhide whole and we had to rush them to the Vet, but what about that business call you promised to make around the same time? Speaking for myself I usually get so caught up in the moment, everything else falls to the wayside. But that person you told you’d call around three is now sitting at their desk waiting for your call. So now your actions haven’t only affected you but them as well. They may have even worked their day around the time you were going to call as a convenience to you, and you left them hanging.
You notice I am using myself mostly as an example, because I realize it’s a bad habit I have, but habits can both be broken as well as developed. Maybe it’s time we quit making excuses for our own actions, and instead were accountable for every action we take from inertia to kinetic energy. After all aren’t we all adults and as such responsible for ourselves???
Let’s use our local Cable companies as an example…It used to be they would give you a four hour window, “we’ll be there between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. We would wait (missing work etc...) until they finally arrived at you guessed it 11:45! And was it fair to make us wait until the eleventh hour to arrive? Well I didn’t think so, and evidently neither did a lot of other people either, because now it’s only a two hour window and if they don’t arrive by the designated time they offer you a monetary compensation.
Come on all together now let’s all make an extra effort to be accountable, I ‘m starting today with myself. Let’s all be true to our word, after all isn’t our word our honor? And don’t we want to be honorable in all that we do???