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If you don't have anything good to say...

If you aren't already aware of my accountability adventure then please read my previous blog post titled, How I Sabotaged My Execution. In an effort to be more reflective and open - I've taken to blogging. I also find writing down my experience to be relaxing and allows for myself to gather my thoughts and express them in stories.

I had an experience today where a colleague was not being real and I took it upon myself to hold her to account to be real and authentic.

The conversation with a fellow Media Garcia colleague went something like this (slight paraphrasing):

Louis: "How did things go earlier today?"

Leader: "I'm trying to be open-minded but I've noticed that I've been biting my tongue lately"

Louis: "Oh yeah, how's that going?"

Leader: "Well, I bite my tongue and don't say anything because I don't want to be seen as rude but then I explode later when it happens again. But, you know what they say, if you don't have anything good to say, say nothing at all."

Louis: "What. That saying is pure crap, it should say... if you don't want to be in communication, say nothing at all."

We both smiled at each other and continued a conversation where we distinguished that the tongue biting and holding back didn't have to be about good or bad things to say.

It has nothing to do with morality.

A part of being accountable is realizing when commitments are not met and to take action to restore the commitment. While I have certainly spent time beating myself up for missing project deadlines, breaking commitments to hang out with friends, and missing the boat on investing in bitcoin --- I will not allow myself to put myself down or make myself bad for lacking execution.

I invent myself as an accountability and execution master.

There is work to be done!