September 25, 2019 –  

 “For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” (Rom. 14:10, 12, NIV)

Few people accept responsibility for their actions; finger-pointing is the reality. To accept the blame is to take the responsibility that leads to accountability. Few people and fewer organizations acknowledge that the buck stops with them.

Those of us who love slogans know a great motto is a nugget of timeless truth. The truth is time resurrects great slogans. For example, former U.S. President, Harry S. Truman’s motto was: “The Buck Stops Here.”

People should accept personal responsibility and quit passing the buck. I believe success or failure measures personal accountability. The more we hold ourselves accountable, the more success we experience; the less we hold ourselves accountable, the less success we have.

Risk avoiders are irresponsible negative thinkers. Successful people are risk-takers and take responsibility for their lives. Practicing personal accountability and accepting responsibility leads to increased self-esteem. When you accept responsibility for what you feel and think, you improve your attitude. When you take responsibility for your circumstances, you open the door to new opportunities. 

People take responsibility. Responsibility is never delegated. People make a big mistake when they don’t make themselves responsible for their position and standing in life. It would be a better world if each of us acknowledged that the buck stops with me. As the headline states: “The buck stops here.” So does this article.