You might have been accountable to your boss at work, but now that you have your own business are you accountable to yourself? You’re not alone. Most people struggle to behave in a way that is congruent with their values and goals. However, accountability is essential for your success.
Most people make plans that they never follow or set goals they never come close to achieving. This is a frustrating and ineffective way to live. There’s nobody to hold you accountable if you don’t do it for yourself. Be accountable to yourself and anything is possible!
Follow these tips to master the art of accountability:
1. Keep a to-do list. If you don’t have a plan, you can’t hold yourself accountable to anything. Start every day with an in depth plan of what you would like to accomplish. This list should contains things that require to be done to take care of your life, also as things which will bring you closer to achieving your goals.
● The first step to self-accountability is a to-do list that you take seriously.
Accountability Is Essential: Make A Schedule
2. Make a schedule. A list of tasks isn’t enough. When are you going to do each item on that list? What is most important? What needs to be done first? Create a schedule and hold yourself to it. Start each day with a plan.
3. Review your performance. Review your performance each day. You can review at the top of every task or review all of your tasks at the top of the day. Make note of your successes and failures.
● What can you learn that will make you more effective?
● What do you feel good about?
● What embarrassed you about your performance today?
Reward Yourself Appropriately
4. Reward yourself appropriately. When you do well, give yourself a reward. By rewarding yourself at the moment, your brain elicits positive emotions. By doing this continuously, your brain will start to link pleasure to accomplishing the task or objective and move towards it in the future.
● Take yourself out to breakfast at your favorite restaurant. Or have the food delivered to you.
● Read your favorite book for 20 – 30 minutes.
● Make and enjoy a gourmet dessert.
● Watch 1 or two episodes of your favorite show and not feel guilty.
● Enjoy a spa day at home.
● Turn off your computer and enjoy some peace and quiet for an hour.
● Host a game night with friends.
5. Be clear on your goals. Your to-do list is largely dependent on your goals. It’s easy to sit around and accomplish little if you don’t have well-defined goals. You can’t hold yourself accountable without having something to hold yourself accountable to. So you need to break your goals down in steps.
● What are your five most important goals? Make a list and review it a minimum of once every day. Be able to recite them without thinking.
Having Others Hold You Accountable
6. Have others hold you accountable. Whether you’re training for a marathon or trying to buy your first rental property, let others know your plans. You might be more inclined to take action rather than suffer the public embarrassment of failure.
● Who will hold you accountable without trying to sabotage your efforts? Who really wants to see you be successful? This person could be a great accountability partner.
It would be nice to be assigned a drill sergeant to help us be accountable every day. Unfortunately, we have to manage ourselves.
What would you be capable of accomplishing if you could hold yourself accountable each day? The sky would be the limit. However, we allow ourselves to get away with regular displays of mediocrity and simply sigh as a response.
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Today is the day you’ll begin holding yourself responsible in all areas of your life. Be accountable to yourself and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll achieve!