Accountability and Your Best Self


We all need a true accountability partner who reminds us of who Christ intended us to be and helps us get there.

Like most of America, I need to lose a few pounds.  (OK, maybe more than a few, but I’ll just say “a few” for the sake of this article.)  And like most of America, I’ve lost a few pounds before and gained them all back—again, and again and again.

This time I wanted to do something different. So I called my friend, Mark Trogdon, who also had to lose a few pounds.  He writes about it in his book, 100 After 50: A Practical Guide to Weight Management

Mark, a former offensive tackle at Mississippi State, was a big boy. His size had always been his avenue to success. Now, it was getting in his way. He had to change his whole way of thinking—and it worked.

I had read his book and when I called him he was eager to help… almost too eager. He texts me just about every day, giving me tips and encouragement… and yes, demanding to know how much I weigh.

But here’s what I’ve noticed—he’s always positive.

“This is the best thing for you.”

“The payoff is going to be huge.”

“Your life is going to be so much better!”

His enthusiasm is contagious. He makes me want to work harder and not let him down.

Too many of us have the idea that accountability is always negative. We have these images of people yelling at us like Marine drill sergeants because we didn’t’ do something right.

But true accountability is the exact opposite. A true accountability partner reminds you of your best self. That’s the goal. To be all Christ intended for you to be. A true friend reminds you of that and helps you get there.

That’s the kind of friend Mark is to me. Do you have a friend like that?


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