Taking Sin and Grace Seriously

Taking Sin and Grace Seriously

As an accountability partner, you need to take sin and grace seriously. That is, you need to know when to confront and rebuke sin and when to show grace and give hope. Your partner will have successes and failures along the way. When there are failures, where is the balance between taking sin seriously and taking grace seriously? Seek Your Partner’s Best Interests Before you decide how to respond, remember that you should act in the best interests of your partner. How ... Read More
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How Responsibility and Accountability Work Together

How Responsibility and Accountability Work Together

The terms responsibility and accountability have at least two related but distinct meanings: being accountable and taking responsibility. 1. Being Accountable Both words have the root idea of giving an account of yourself in response to someone else. They refer to your ability to answer others and explain your choices and actions. Sometimes you voluntarily give an account of yourself to others. You do this when you ask someone to be an accountability partner. There are other times when you owe an ... Read More
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Accountability Starts With You

Accountability Starts With You

Accountability can help you succeed. But you have to personally recognize and desire the benefits that it can bring to you. Why should you desire accountability? Because it allows you several advantages. With accountability, you can Demonstrate your integrity and excellence to those you love and respect. Avoid wandering toward bad things or merely wasting time. Build camaraderie with your partner. Evaluate your choices, motives, and actions. Keep humble while avoiding humiliation from failure. Receive the help others want to provide. Invite strategic feedback from your trusted ... Read More
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7 Dangers Accountability Partners Should Avoid

7 Dangers Accountability Partners Should Avoid

As an accountability partner, you can play a key role in helping your partner succeed. But take care to avoid these seven dangers: 1. Doing the Work for Your Partner Avoid the tendency to want to take over your partner’s plan and fix things. Let your partner make choices and take actions, being responsible for any change that may or may not happen. This is their work, so cheer them on when they succeed and challenge them when they stumble. 2. Opposing ... Read More
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4 Levels of Accountability

4 Levels of Accountability

Accountability often occurs informally during daily life, but sometimes it is helpful to have a more strategic arrangement. Ultimately you will want to establish consistency between what you have said you would do and what you are doing. You can seek any combination of these four levels of accountability: 1 Be Observed. Passive 2 Report Your Status. Active 3 Be Evaluated. Passive 4 Explain Yourself. Active Let’s learn more about each level. 1. Be Observed. Your performance of simple tasks tends to improve if you know someone is watching. In a ... Read More
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2019 New Years Resolution List

How to Keep on Target This New Year

A New Year’s resolution can be a powerful force for good in your life. What can you do to make sure you honor your commitments for the new year? Be clear. What is it that you really want? Clarify your goal until you identify the root of what you desire. Avoid ambiguous dreams and be specific about what you are after. Desire it. Your resolution should reflect something you really want in your life. It should describe something positive that you are ... Read More
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Am I My Brothers Keeper

Accountability Partners Ask, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

Maybe you are wondering about your responsibility to serve as an accountability partner. Why should you have to do anything to help your partner? Perhaps you are asking, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” But you might recall that the first person to ask this question certainly was not considering how best to care for others. The Bible says that the first man and woman on earth had two sons (among others) named Cain and Abel. Out of jealousy and rage, Cain killed ... Read More
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Accountability Drawn by Hand

5 Reasons Why Accountability Is Important

Accountability is a mechanism for success. Seek transparency with a trusted partner and discover the many benefits available to you. Gratefully enjoy the good gift of communicating with an accountability partner. What can be gained by being accountable to a trusted partner? You Build a Habit of Living Deliberately. It’s your life—what are you doing with it? Accountability can help you demonstrate a clear purpose in your life. Show that you are actually doing what you said you would by sharing relevant details of ... Read More
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