This is not a paid review–I read this book last week for a class I took at work.
“The lack of personal accountability is a problem that has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining, and procrastination. No organization–or individual–can achieve goals, compete in the marketplace, fulfill a vision, or develop people and teams without personal accountability.”
This book by John G. Miller, The Question Behind the Question: What to Really Ask Yourself to Eliminate Blame, Complaining and Procrastination, has been just what I needed to hear this week. In an hour’s read, I learned to place responsibility for my actions on myself, to be proactive about making situations better (rather than whining “Why does this or that happen? Why me?”), and to ask questions that help me assess how I can play a positive role in whatever circumstances come up. Now, whether or not I am able to consistently put these skills into practice will be The Question Behind The Question Behind The Question. 🙂
Seriously? READ THIS BOOK. It is not your typical “you’re special and people should (gosh darn it) love you” book. It teaches application of scripture, even though it is a secular book: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3,4 NIV) And…accept personal responsibility. I, for one, am in need of a kick in the pants in this area.
It’s sometimes therapeutic to get on my blog and rant and rave about how this nasty person did that or how so and so is not smart in this way. But you know what? How does my complaining help you or the situation about which I grumble?
Personal responsibility starts with ME!
I actually borrowed the book from work to re-read, and Husband and I read it together some on our looooooong trip to and from Mom’s house this past weekend.