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How Do I Get My Family Excited about Accountability?

by Ali Royann

Dear Ali,
How do I get my family excited about accountability?

Earnest in KY

Dear Earnest,

Understanding the true meaning and purpose of accountability is very exciting. Accountability is a way to take responsibility for actions and decisions that move toward success in a desired goal. So, accountability offers an encouraging perspective on life!

Accountability should not be looked at with drudgery. It is not meant to catch someone doing wrong, but rather to assist an individual toward right choices. We are all more successful at accomplishing goals when a partner comes alongside to help track progress and give encouragement. It also helps to have a support system when there is temptation to get off track and lose sight of the goal.

Excitement is sure to follow as you give each other updates of your success!

I think your family will see the benefits of accountability if you all choose desired goals that are specific to each person. Some goals could be to lose a few pounds, to get better grades, to exercise more, or to increase your savings account. Have each person write out their goal and choose a partner to be accountable to. Record your progress, and excitement is sure to follow as you give each other updates of your success!

As an added benefit, you will create stronger relationships between accountability partners which will further the drive toward desiring accountability.

We all want to be successful in our daily choices! Accountability is a wonderful way to make this happen.


“Ask Ali” is an op-ed column answering common questions about accountability and related topics.

Originally published on February 25, 2019

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