As I traveled a highway at 60+ MPH in a 55 MPH zone, a state trooper pulled up on my left, looked at me, and drove on. Good, I thought.
Then, he let me take the lead and his lights flashed. I pulled over.
This guy is planning to ruin my day! Nothing better to do?! 😆
“Good morning, Sir!” I said cheerfully while feeling a bit sour. I almost added, “It’s a fine day, Sir, isn’t it? You look great today, Sir!” But I kept my mouth shut.
Then with a twinkle in his eye, he spoke: “Do you always leave an extra set of car keys hanging from your trunk lock?”
I went to look and there they were—my wife’s keys were dangling from the trunk. Feeling thankful, I smiled and responded, “No, Sir, not normally, Sir. Thank you so much, Sir!”
As he pulled away, he yelled, “That’s all I wanted! Have a great day!”
I think he enjoyed every moment of our encounter.
To the trooper, my keys were obvious. To me, they were not. I might’ve driven a thousand miles not knowing they were there. He could see them—I could not.
I initially held a negative view of this cop and his purpose for stopping me. My feelings bordered on frustration and anger. I was convinced he was out to get me. 😉
However, the moment I received new information about the keys, my negativity vanished. I suddenly had a new perspective: The trooper was there to help me. In other words, my “paradigm” shifted; my thinking changed.
That’s exactly what Personal Accountability does. When I practice Personal Accountability (using the QBQ! content), I see people and events in my world differently because I now look into the mirror asking QBQs like, “What can I do?” “How can I make a difference?” and “What can I do to change me?”
Personal Accountability is the key I can’t see (or use) until I stop racing down life’s highway and stop to find it. It’s then I can live a more fulfilling, meaningful, and successful life.
Have you found the key?