Accountability: Acknowledgement and assumption of responsibility for actions.
Accountability has been heavy on my heart lately. My preference is to keep a small circle of intimate friends and family. I am fantastic at holding myself accountable for my actions but have limitations on letting others hold me accountable. I’ve thought about the best ways to put accountability on your radar and improve your success rate of accomplishing your goals.
Write your goals down and be specific.
This is vague… “grocery shopping.”
To hold yourself accountable for going grocery shopping, remembering all of your items and saving money write it like this….
“ABC Grocery Store, 9:30am Tuesday”
List: Milk, Eggs, Baking soda, Chicken Breast, ONE surprise ingredient for mixed drink”
This specificity ensures that you get only what you need and not more, allows freedom and flexibility with your surprise ingredient but does not allow financial waste. This is a simple grocery store example. The same method can be used to list action items needed to accomplish a larger goal such as opening a business or completing a project at work. There is something about writing by hand that increases your self-accountability.
If you’re like me, you’ll hold yourself accountable for what you write down. If you need others to be involved, share your list with your accountability partner, a trusted friend or colleague.
Know your “why”
I’m a huge Simon Sinek fan, read his book Start with Why. Read all of his books (I get nothing for promoting him). If you know your “why” it is easier to hold yourself accountable for difficult tasks because you can see their role in achieving your overall purpose in life. Don’t feel pressured or bound by the grandeur of life purpose, come up with a catch phrase for it. You can always change it later, you’re the boss of your purpose.
My why is “Inspire and support people to pursue personal and career growth”
Create your why, make sure it motivates you.
Begin Within was inspired by my desire to help others see within themselves and enable growth. See Introspection [need link], it was my very first blog post in 2016.
Check in with yourself, it is easy to be distracted by life. Introspection does not come easily to everyone but do it. Checking in can rid distractions and set you on the right path.
Just a footnote: Something that has been calling to me is the wasteful habits of humans and disrespect for the world. I’ve been visualizing and planning various initiatives to reduce waste and nurture the environment. The number one hindrance to achieving this mission, is that people do not hold themselves or one another accountable for mistreatment of the world.
The norm in our culture is waste. The way to end it is acknowledge the problem, be accountable for your own waste, hold others accountable for their waste and swing the pendulum of what is normal in society to a culture of environmental respect.
I challenge you to take accountability for your actions. Realize your immediate impact on others and the long-term impact on the world.
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