#65: Personal Accountability
The child keeps the score
I think of personal accountability as promising a candy to a child. Because kids are so unapologetically authentic, I cannot use my regular excuses, explanations, and rationalizations to justify not giving him candy. I simply have to get the thing done, or the child will grow suspicious and doubtful of my word.
I can lie to myself all I want, but I have a pretty good sense inside of how accountable I am. I make promises to my inner child about what I will do, get, and become. Regardless of my progress towards them, my child attentively keeps the score. My child is my most sincere observer, not myself who is wrapped up in stories about myself. The child simply wants to see the candy given to him. Therefore, all I can do is either not promise it in the first place, or do what it takes to get what I promised. So I ask myself: