Ensuring Accountability in Daily Life
Accountability is a concept and practice that can be incorporated into every single activity we perform in everyday life. Although most people may think that accountability is a complicated process that requires a lot of energy and hard work, it is in reality as simple as developing a positive attitude and keeping an eye on your actions and consequences.
In this article, we shall go through a few ways in which you can ensure accountability in daily life and take control of your progress and success no matter what goals and objectives you set for yourself in your personal life.
1 - Setting Goals
Accountability is not about changing the way we live; it is about changing the way we think. As all thoughts ultimately inspire action, keeping your thoughts in check and filing them with positivity can lead to positive steps that benefit every aspect of your life.
To begin practicing accountability in daily life, you must start by setting a goal for yourself.
The trick is to start small and set easily achievable milestones that you can get through with some effort.
The reason behind this is that setting high expectations right at the start will lead to disappointment because, as with every journey, your accountability journey will also face hiccups and hurdles.
2 - Tracking Progress
Once you have created a list of objectives that you wish to achieve from the actions you perform in your daily life, the next step is to keep track of your progress by noting how far you’ve come every day. This is not about measuring your success against some comparative standard; rather, it is a way to create positive reinforcement around the efforts you are outing into your journey.
By keeping track of our progress, we remain aware of our goals and work harder to succeed.
It is also an excellent way to understand how much we can create positivity and betterment in our lives by taking control of your thoughts, actions, and responsibilities.
3 - Rewarding Achievement
All work and no play are no way to practice accountability. There will be times amidst your accountability journey where you may find motivation lacking and that you do not have the energy to continue.
It is great to remind yourself of how far you have come and all the magnificent m=objectives you have achieved by celebrating your success in a small way.
You could share the good news with a close friend or family member. The positive support you receive will be no less than a reward and celebration for all the effort you have put into making your life better through accountability.
4 - Keeping a Schedule
The trick to successfully practicing accountability is endurance and continuity. Accountability is not a one-off action. It is a continuous method of improvement that we must practice every day. To ensure that you find time to reflect on your objectives and track your progress, it is best to divide the day into a set schedule while allowing for flexibility.
In this way, you will be able to manage work and personal life even better while being able to hold yourself accountable in a positive way for completing the actions and tasks entrusted to you and what you want to do for yourself.
Through accountability, we can take charge of our lives and create more positivity that can help us get rid of bad habits and activities that may impede our progress and success.
Remember, everyone is different, and some people may find it easier to practice accountability with the help of an accountability partner or coach.
To learn more about finding an accountability partner if they are the right choice for you, scroll through our blog roll to find some excellent articles on the subject.
We wish you all success in your accountability journey and happiness in life.
I’m Darren Finkelstein, The Accountability Guy™.
I’m a sought-after, highly experienced Accountability Coach, Business Advisor & Mentor. I work with high-performing entrepreneurial business owners and their teams. Also, I am a conference and event speaker on all matters of accountability and getting stuff done.
My past experience includes working at Apple for 10-years as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. Then, building a successful entrepreneurial business for 15-years in the marine and lifestyle industry until we successfully sold and exited. I’m the author of three bestselling and award-winning books and are a part-time summer presenter in Melbourne on radio 3AW.
Accountability is my specialty; it’s a tool that I’ve mastered for my business over many years. It held me in good stead at Apple, and it kept me ahead of the game in our business. The result is that I’m incredibly focussed, well organised and outcome-driven which has led to my business success.
Yet for others, accountability frequently makes people nervous, as it requires us to step up our game, be introspective and hold ourselves to account, which can be very uncomfortable initially until you harness the power and momentum it generates, with the realisation how powerful it is, and how effective you could become.
Did you know that the A-word ‘accountability’, is regularly misspelt and often misunderstood? Businesses don’t really understand the difference between responsibility and accountability? Both are cousins but not the same.
You see, you are responsible for things and accountable to people, hence the confusion.
To me, being accountable simply means ‘doing the things you say you are going to do’, and ‘getting your team to do the same’.
Work with me directly and I’ll keep you accountable and hold you to account for your commitments, promises and goals during my signature private ‘One-On-One’ Sessions (limited spaces available) or perhaps you and your team might like to join my ‘Group Mastermind Forums’, or register for my (D.I.Y) online program ‘Accountability Made Easy’.
Want to know more about working with me? Visit Working With Me.
It’s my desire to hold everyone in the room to account, which makes me an engaging Speaker on the subject of ‘Accountability’ for your next event, conference or workshop; face-to-face or virtual. My goal is not only to motivate your audience but to inspire them to take action for themselves so they too can implement and execute.
I’ve got a full playbook of strategies that I’m privileged to share or maybe we can create a totally bespoke and customised package to suit your individual or team needs. For more information, visit my website.
NEXT STEPS – ‘Free’ Unboxing Session
You’ll get four important outcomes from my one-on-one ‘Unboxing Session’ conducted over Zoom and its ‘free’ without obligation:
- 60-90 min discussion about your business and your goals.
- Examine your priorities, and look at what needs to be done.
- Review your ‘To-Do List’ and discuss implementation & execution.
- Together, we will create a plan and set timelines.
You have so much to gain and nothing to lose! There is NO downside for you whatsoever. If you do nothing, this is exactly the same as sticking your head in the sand. All this is procrastination and hope, which does not improve your situation automatically. In fact, doing nothing – makes it worse.
To find out more: https://tickthoseboxes.com.au/unboxing-sessions/
After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your; goals, promises, obligations and commitments alone? Unlikely I suspect, without external assistance.
Book your FREE Unboxing Session with me ‘The Accountability Guy’!
Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.
Each Unboxing Session includes
- 60-90 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
- Examine your priorities
- Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
- Together, we will create a plan and set timelines
For more information visit: https://tickthoseboxes.com.au