Accountability is a simple word that maintains so much power in life. To be responsible means taking control and having the ability over a decision. Rarely do I set goals and not accomplish them. Almost always I take the action step and maintain responsibility of my actions. Thus, unless some external factor impacts my ability to accomplish a goal, I pretty take ownership of not achieving my goal. Okay, let me give an example here– I had a baby about a year ago. I set a goal to lose all my baby weight (don’t ask how much I gained lol ) by my birthday (which was this past June). Now this goal was important to me, very important actually, because I wanted to get back on track to a healthier lifestyle. Yes, I had roles as a student, wife, mother, employee, Christian–all that to fulfill. However, the reality is I didn’t lose all of the weight I wanted by June not because of these external factors, because to an extent I had control over them. I could’ve easily prioritized and taken that hour each day I spend doing absolutely nothing to working out for at least 45 minutes. There has been a lot of reflection which leads me to realize that I am my own enemy of progress with this particular goal. There were many days I gave the “I’m too tired” excuse. I’m in no way minimizing the roles and responsibilities we have in addition to some of our personal goals. I am encouraging us to reflect and recognize any ways we may be contributing as a barrier to any of our goals. How are you your own enemy of progress today? How do your surpass the pattern of making excuses? Reflect. Set your goals. Work toward them. Don’t let you be the reason you become stagnant in life.