In a world that is full of temptations to steer off track, it’s an empowering and rewarding experience to have accountability in your everyday life. One of the greatest ways to practice accountability is to assign a couple people in your life to hold you to your goals. You can hire an accountability coach or you can lean on a good friend or mentor to help you stay on course so you can reach your goals. If you are someone who is not self-disciplined, it can be extremely difficult to stay focused and act accordingly. Having someone remind you and ask you about your progress on a specific project can give you that little push and motivation you need to keep moving forward and stay committed to what you want to accomplish.
A lack of accountability can lead to:
- A loss in self-trust and from others around you
- Unclear direction
- Scattered priorities
- Less engagement in things that matter to you
- Going backwards rather than forward
- Unhealthy lifestyle habits (loss of sleep, weight gain, depression, trouble at work and in personal relationships)
One of the important things to keep in mind when practicing more accountability in your life, is to first create a personal mission statement based on a positive personal philosophy. When you are clear on what your mission statement is, everything you do and say comes back to that. You can create your goals around your “why” and you’ll have clarity on why it is you want to accomplish the things you want to do.
Here are 10 ways to practice accountability, starting today.
- Write down a list of realistic micro-goals at the beginning of the week and cross them off as you go.
- Study what you have accomplished by the end of the week. Look at what worked, what didn’t work out as well as you would have wanted, and write down a plan of how you can improve on a few processes and procedures.
- Have a friend or coach help you stay focused, give you encouragement, and remind you what your goals are. Have them ask you about your status on specific goals and remind you of why you started on a project or self-improvement program.
- Focus on one thing at a time.
- Emphasize your strengths and work on improving your weaknesses.
- Establish and stick to boundaries with everyone in your life.
- Value your own time and be aware of how much time you spend on things that are not helping you reach your goals.
- Ask for feedback from co-workers and clients.
- Give yourself a review at the end of each month and measure your personal growth to be sure your moving forward and not backward.
- Reward yourself when you accomplish a goal.