Have you heard of "The Accountability Ladder?" We don't see it around quite as much anymore. But I think we need to bring it back out for the next generation. There are 8 rungs on this ladder. The bottom four are probably the most-populated. They were called the "victims and powerless." In nearly every case, members of this group made themselves powerless and cast themselves as victims.
I know this because I spent some time in this very non-exclusive club. But please remember, no one is trapped in the bottom four rungs and no one is excluded from the top four. Except by themselves.
* "I am unaware or unconscious." People in this group don't even recognize they have a problem. They make no effort to improve themselves because they don't think there is any need.
* "I blame and complain." This is one of the larger groups. "Woe is me. It isn't my fault. I'm a victim of my environment. Everyone is against me." These are common excuses from members of the second rung. It's easier to blame someone else than to examine their own efforts or ambition levels. In our page about entitlement mentality, you read how this group was not only allowed to grow, but actually encouraged
* "I make excuses." This is a subtle form of procrastination. I spent far too much time on this rung of the accountability ladder. I used the same two excuses. No time and no specific knowledge of a new subject. Both excuses were invalidated by action. I found the time and realized that anything can be learned with some effort and determination.
* "I wait and hope." This in another very large group. People in this group hope for a miracle or a magic pill. There is no such pill. Think about this example.
Perhaps they would really like to get out of debt. But they are just not willing to stop spending more than they earn. In fact they don't even want to know how far in debt they really are, because they know the number would shock them. If you find yourself in this dangerous trap, please check out our page about debt relief. Dave Ramsey has an easy to follow plan that will get you out of this mess.
In the following section we'll present the next four rungs. They are open to anyone. The top rungs are totally non-discriminatory. They require no invitation, nor are there any legacy rights.
The only requirements are courage, persistence, passion, and a willingness to improve. In fact, you are encouraged to invite others to join you in the journey up those final four rungs. There is plenty of room at the top.
In the first half of this page we described the four lower rungs of the accountability ladder. Those four spots were characterized as victims and powerless. The people occupying positions within those four rungs usually settled on those spots with their choices. And choosing to do nothing is a form of choice. We live with the consequences of our choices
Now we'll go over the upper half of the accountability ladder. Those who hang out in this area are usually part of the responsible, powerful group. Nothing is given to them. Responsibility must be earned in the same way victim or entitlement mentality is earned. Through our choices.
* "I acknowledge reality." If you are on this rung of the ladder, you've accepted the cold, hard fact that your own success is dependent upon getting out and doing things. You recognize your tasks, accept the responsibility to learn what you need to learn, and you get moving.
* "I own it." If you've moved up from the previous rung you've made a vital decision. Because immediately after acknowledging the reality of the previous step, your mind will try to swing you back to procrastination and fear. It will suggest that you blame someone else. I think this step is the hardest of all because you must face those inner thoughts that encourage you to take the easy way out. When you finally own it, you've cast aside those former thoughts that kept you in the lower rungs of blaming everyone else for your predicaments and setbacks.
* "I seek solutions." It all moves much quicker after taking ownership as detailed in the last paragraph. Now your mind is in full problem-solving mode. Now not only will you find a way over, through, or around problems, you'll discover your sub-conscious brain providing multiple options. You'll be anticipating challenges before they come up and you will be taking them on with confidence and with unlimited power.
* "I make it happen." And in this top rung of the accountability ladder, you begin to see the "fruits of your labor." In this lofty position you recognize that all your hard work was worth it. And if you've done things the correct way-if you've walked in purpose and collided with destiny, you will have provided inspiration to many more people and will bring them up the ladder with you.
And the amazing thing will be that you might not even know them. People watch those who walk in purpose and show that they know where they are going and why they are going in that direction.
It's very crowded in the lower four rungs. If you walk in purpose, you will shift the positions of many more in an upward direction.