Flip the Switch: Unleash the POWER of Personal Accountability


Over the past week as The QBQ! Workbook, the 5th edition of QBQ!, and Raising Accountable Kids all launched, Kristin and I did a bunch of radio interviews.

(All found here: QBQ.com/News)

One interviewer asked a very astute question. He said, “So, isn’t it true, John, that when we don’t engage in personal accountability, we give away our personal power?”

I said, “Bob, you couldn’t be more on target.” Then I went off on a two-minute “radio rant.”

Using the word POWER as an acrostic, let me communicate the POWER of the QBQ! book and its message of PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY.

Flip the Switch: Unleash the POWER of Personal Accountability


We’ve all heard, Think before you speak. Right? Imagine having the mature capability to process our thoughts while pausing our mouth when things don’t go our way. That’s what QBQ!—a thought-shaping tool—does for us. On a grand scale, there would be less strife in our world if there was more pausing. On a personal level, it would give each of us better relationships, enhanced problem-solving, and greater joy! So go ahead and pause today!


The heart and soul of QBQ! is this: No. More. Blame! It’s been proven over and over that successful people take complete ownership for their actions, results, and life. Want to be a leader? An achiever? Learn these six words: “No excuses. I own the result!”


In the short term, I suppose, people can win without practicing personal accountability. But life is a marathon, not a sprint. The more often I ask QBQs like, “What can I do to move forward today?” and “How can I achieve my goals?” the more often I will be victorious. Those questions put me on the higher path of personal accountability and that in itself is a marvelous win!


I love this rarely used word! Put it into an online thesaurus and this is exactly what you get: To have nothing to do with. Powerful, especially when we decide to have NOTHING TO DO WITH the values our society currently promotes. You know, entitlement, victim thinking, blame, and finger-pointing. Not to mention politically correct “don’t offend me” thinking mixed with a little social media-driven narcissism! Eschew them all by practicing personal accountability—now!


One doesn’t need to be of the Christian faith to hear and apply these words from the book of Corinthians: “Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully.” A simple and powerful idea. The secular version is, “What goes around, comes around.” Personally, I’d rather reap in a bountiful way than in a sparing way. How about you? Remember: Personal accountability drives everything I do and become—and whether I prosper or not.

POWER. Don’t give it up. Bring power into your life by practicing personal accountability today!

Which action word/verb in P-O-W-E-R means the most to you? Share here!

Flipping the Switch is the companion book to QBQ! Do you have it?


2 Responses

  1. I really like the idea of “eschew” as part of that acronym. I can imagine myself, right hand out and my face turned away, saying “nope”. There is so much in this world that I don’t want to be a part of, and so much that I see others do that I just will.not.do – but it can be hard to remain “brave” when living a life that’s different from what we see the world do. This mental image reminds me it can be very good to say “Nope, not for me” and continue to do the right thing.


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