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    Being accountable can be cathartic and even exhilarating if you realize it’s a path to fulfillment! -Beth Kuhel

    “Stop blaming and start aiming.” ― Rob Liano

    Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!  No one cares about your excuses! Just get over yourself and realize that the best thing to do when you make a mistake is to accept responsibility for it and develop a game plan so you won’t repeat it! Every week I set an hour aside to review my past week and consider what I did well and where I could improve.  My personal goal is to avoid repeating mistakes and to learn from my errs whenever possible. For those of you who are committed to growing both on a professional and personal level, I recommend you start by reviewing the positive things you’ve accomplished and list all your strengths (include things you like about yourself and list the strengths you possess that others have pointed out to you). This will reinforce in your mind that most of the time you’re doing things right. Once you recognize your good qualities you may then be  more open to areas where you can improve.

    Listing your strengths and then listing a few areas which you want to improve is an accounting of sorts: You’ll increase your clarity by writing it down so you can see your strengths, successes and where you may have fallen short. Sometimes our emotions can interfere with reality. This systematic approach of making a list of strengths and limitations eliminates excessive self-criticism or blind self-aggrandizement.

    By taking an objective look at your flaws you can develop a more strategic approach to fixing your mistakes and growing from them. There’s no need for denial or embarrassment for noting your flaws. In fact, the most confident people are ones who can see themselves clearly and are comfortable seeking help when necessary to improve. We all have areas of greatness and areas in which we could improve. There’s no shame in making mistakes but there is in denying that we’ve made them. If the list formula isn’t enough to propel you into action, try the formula I use with for myself and with my clients. It’s an effective strategy for changing a behavior that holds you back from achieving your personal greatness:

    The ARCS method for becoming accountable:

    A   Accept that you’ve made a mistake

    R   Regret the behavior

    C   Commit to making a change

    S   Substitute a new behavior in its place

    Don’t be afraid to try this strategy at home and see how you’ll become a more fully actualized, accountable person in all aspects of your life. Your friends, family and coworkers will surely notice a positive difference and don’t be surprised if they follow your example!


    Beth is Founder and President of Get Hired, LLC.  She advises students on how to bridge the gap from school to career.  Beth is the co-author of From Diploma to Dream Job: Five Overlooked Steps to a Successful Career. Her coaching assists students and career changers to successfully match their needs, interests, passions, skills, and personal goals with the needs of a sustainable industry in a sustainable location.  She is a resource for print and online media and offers workshops for University Career Service Departments, Executive Recruiters, Outplacement Services, College Guidance Counselors and College Alumni Associations. See website for more details about Beth’s services www.fromdiploma2dreamjob.com. Beth’s Webinar was sponsored by George Washington University’s Career Services Dept. for their worldwide alumni association: Leverage Your College Diploma. You can follow Beth on twitter @BethKuhel


    Beth Kuhel, M.B.A., C.E.I.P., is a career coach specializing in millennials. She writes about career strategies and improving the workplace for The Huffington Post, The Personal Branding blog, TinyPulse.com and Sharkpreneur magazine, and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and BusinessInsider.com. Her weekly career column is sponsored by Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Connect with Beth on Twitter @BethKuhel or bethkuhel@fromdiploma2dreamjob.com, fromdiploma2dreamjob.com

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    One comment on “Be Accountable For Your Mistakes: It Feels Great!
    1. avatar

      Hey beth, thanks for motivating me to think about accountability and ask myself what being accountable means to me,,,,i think Ones level of accountability is directly responsible for ones capacity to achieve fulfillment and actualization in their lives, be it relationship, professional, spiritual , or
      Emotional. Objectivity and honesty with ones self and others is the necessary ingredient to grow organically, without the adulteration of ego distortions and insecurities that promote unhealthy and unrealistic expectations or self criticisms
      Failure to implement ARCS. Could result in a SCAR that obscures and impedes
      The ability to function properly and grow to our capacity.
      Thank you Beth for shedding the light, so needed in dispelling the
      darkness when success and achievement seems elusive.
      Today…. I will work to take ownership for where i might have fallen short
      With self and others. I will improve my ability to be accountable for the actions i take and those i failed to take. I will try to keep an accurate inventory
      Of where i need to improve and what i need to reinforce. I will make it a habit
      To review and evaluate without bias or excuses.
      And most importantly… I will remember to be grateful for the ability
      To be able to help myself and others by being an accountable person
      Thanks so much for sharing.

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