Being unaccountable means that we will never take responsibility for ourselves, or our actions. It also means we’ll continue to apportion blame and find excuses, put things off and indulge in only doing the minimum.
Accountability is the total opposite; accountability is taking responsibility for all our actions regardless of the consequences. If something goes wrong, we are accountable. But how many of us would rather plead ignorance, than take responsibility and be accountable for what we put out there?
We find it easier to say, ‘I didn’t do it,’ ‘It’s not my job,’ or ‘I didn’t know,’ rather than accept accountability. Many of us, disappointingly, are accountable only when we know we’re not going to get into trouble, or be penalised for something we’ve done.
Children often seem to be the worst culprits, but if parents don’t teach their children accountability, they will never be accountable as adults. The less accountable we are, the more we will take a back seat, we will never be to blame even if we are, and we will always pass the buck to someone else. When we’re not accountable, any white lies we tell will always turn into more serious ones.
Being accountable is important and is the right choice to make. It’s also part of the healing process because a change in attitude will promote emotional growth.