The other day I was driving down Rt. 3 in Fredericksburg and as I began to pull into the left hand lane my wife suddenly shouted in panic. I had just looked in my rear view and side mirrors and thought the lane was clear, but failed to see the small car driving just within my blind spot. Thank goodness my wife was with me and that she saw what I was unable to see or the result could have been a collision.
This simple example of a pretty common occurrence really reflects a greater principle: the importance of accountability. I am fortunate to have this with my business partner as we are like-minded in business and with our spiritual lives. Mark and I communicate openly and honestly with one another, often helping each other by pointing out the “blind spots”.
No matter how great you are at what you do you will have “blind spots”. Finding a strong and honest mentor or business partner will help prevent you from the collisions these blind spots can cause.
This not only applies to business, but all aspects of life. If you are a parent, seek accountability and mentorship from another parent with older kids. If you have a relationship with Christ, find someone that will be honest with you and help hold you accountable in the things that affect that relationship.
Benefits of Accountability:
Your pride and even your experience will allow you to think that you have checked both mirrors and all is good
A blind spot for one person is a clear view for another
When you are caught up in the daily activities of your business you often get tunnel vision preventing you from seeing the full point of view
History is often the greatest lesson, find mentors that have been there and done that
Life is meant to be shared, surround yourself with those that will encourage you and help you along the way
Who is your mentor/accountability in life? If you don’t have one, now is the time to take action and surround yourself with other like-minded people to help you along the way. Click here to reply.