Six Reasons For Financial Accountability

charlie_imageWhen I was growing up I was directly impacted by a lot of my family members in the choices I made with my finances. In particular, I had one family member that always seemed to struggle with managing their bills and finances. Whenever we came over  to their house, the entire dining room table was stacked with bills. Tons and tons of bills. Plus on top of that, their family had tubs full of bills around the table too that were unopened.

I never once pried into why thy never opened their bills, but years later I soon realized they were avoiding financial responsibility. After I graduated from high school I came to find out that this family had filed for bankruptcy, and I have to assume part of this was because they didn't want to deal with all the bills and debts. The stacks and stacks of pain associated with each bill. 

I doubt that my family member is the only one in the US that struggled with confronting paying bills. Frankly, I'd suspect that a lot of Americans are crushed in a mountain of debt and bills. If you are one of those people or know someone who is struggling to stay afloat, then here are six reasons for financial accountability.

  1. Don't be ashamed – Satan wants you to feel crushed and unworthy of telling anyone your sin. Your financial irresponsibility! He's laying it on thick and you feel like no one would understand. Get out from under this lie, and kick your bills in the face. Tackle them one at a time. Start by opening one bill, and focus on it until it is paid off. Each paid off bill will feel like one small pebble that is lifted off you.
  2. Confess your sin (debt/bills) – bills are nothing more than the repercussions of past consumer choices. Start by reaching out to a close friend or family who you trust. Someone who you view as financially responsible. Meet with them and tell them your situation. Lay it all out there. This can be one of the hardest things to do, but can have the biggest reward. Don't just stop at meeting with them once, but meet regularly. Ask your financial accountability partner to hold you to specifics. Like for instance: I want to pay off all my medical bills by Dec. 2014 or I want to pay off my car loan by Feb. 2014
  3. Put your bills in plain site – unlike before, when your bills would go unopened, bring your bills out in the open. I'm a big proponent of posting bills or debts on my fridge. This is a great daily reminder for you and your family of what you are trying to accomplish as a family. This will help your kids understand too what you need to do collectively.
  4. Tell others about your success – once you've tackled a few of your bills/debts, then be sure to tells others about them. As trivial as this might seem, your close family and friends will be there to encourage you. This is extremely important in order to tackle all your bills. So, stop and revel in your successes for a little while.
  5. Hate debt/bills – much like I've written about in the past, a person needs to grow to distain debt in much the same way as Agent Smith hated the reality in the movie “The Matrix”. In order to get out from under this mountain, then you'll need to make some major mental adjustments to your view of finances. Start by watching this short Matrix video and get hating!!
  6. Leaving a legacy – if nothing else motivates you to have financial accountability, then consider what type of legacy you are leaving? Are you leaving a legacy of indebtedness or one of financial peace? Robert Kiyosaki's book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, comes to mind when I think about the two different paths you can go down and lead your family towards. Consider for a moment what you want people to say at your eulogy.  What do you want them to say about you?

So these are just a few motivational tips to get on financial track. What motivation or tips would you have for a friend or family member that came to you and asked you for help?

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  1. Set up auto pay on all bills. Verify and reconcile all of the bills before they are actually paid. Autopay saves stamps, and headaches. Pay CC bills in full, each month, with auto pay too.

  2. Hello charlie thanks for this nice and inspiring article.

    Another reason for financial accountability is this: All we have has been enstrusted to us by God so we need to be financially prudent with it, knowing that we are going to give an account
    on how we used those resources.

    I do believe we can become financially responsible.

  3. Great article. I especially like the first item. I know when I finally started to attack my debt, there was a part of me that resisted asking God for help. Had that ugly little voice in the back of my head that was telling me, “You made the mess, now you expect God to bail you out. You are on your own.” I know that was the voice of Satan trying to discourage me. In reality I think God smiles when he sees one of his children who has messed up, now doing their best to make smarter decisions. As a dad if my son came to me and said I’m sorry I messed up, but I’m trying to get it right now, the last thing I’d say is sorry you are on your own. If I have compassion and love for my son, how much infinitely greater is God’s love and compassion for me.

  4. Another great Article Charlie! I love how encouraging and real you are! You are impacting eternity!

  5. Love this, Charlie!!! Lots of great tips here. My biggest tip that I would give to a struggling friend or family member is that those little steps toward financial freedom and accountability add up to BIG peace of mind. I think, as you mentioned, that often times people don’t deal with it because it seems too overwhelming. However, we have found that with each month of financial responsibility that passes by, we gain more financial peace because we know that we are heading on the right path.

  6. Here’s another: We deserve to have financial freedom and not worry about where our money is coming from to pay for things!

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