Each of us is responsible for the choices we make and the actions we take. The results of those choices and the actions that accompany them have consequences; sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not.
For example, you may choose to work. You take action to find a job and go to work. You receive a paycheck. That is your consequence (or your reward, depending on your perspective).
When you commit a crime and are convicted, you may be rewarded with jail or prison time.
“Accountability” stems from late Latin accomptare (to account), a prefixed form of computare (to calculate), which in turn derived from putare (to reckon). (Wikipedia/accountability)
If you don’t like your results, it is possible to choose differently. With work – you are free to choose a different job, or a different career. It is a matter of “accountability” or the willingness to assess and calculate where you are as opposed to where you want to be, adjust as necessary, and take decisive action.
“Accountability” is a key to success in life. If you find yourself facing criminal charges, whether it is state or federal, “accountability” IS THE KEY to success. You must account for your actions, or face a lifetime stuck in the system.
A core element of this accounting is finding the why. Why don’t you like the job – what is it about you and what is within your ability and capacity to change? The same principle applies to criminal matters.
Once you have identified the “why,” it becomes a matter of your willingness to learn from the experience and do things differently. This is the action stage. Without action – decisive and committed action, you cannot demonstrate accountability.
Your results are what they are, if you don’t like them – then DO something about them. You cannot your past. You can, however, change your future.
Demonstrating accountability is your key to success when it comes to the judicial process. Many defendant’s talk about being accountable. Without action, however, those words are hollow and meaningless.
There are few who are willing to take action and provide substance or evidence of accountability. Distinguish yourself from the many.