When it comes to growth and change, whether in business or in any other area of life, accountability is crucial in our daily living. But I have not always believed that.
I remember years ago I rebelled on the concept of accountability in a major way. I wanted nothing to do with being accountable to others. I wanted to be my own man, so to speak. But through the school of hard knocks–being the great teacher that it is–I quickly discovered my poor attitude regarding accountability is a quick road to failure.
I did a lot of rethinking my thinking and decided to make accountability a cornerstone of my character. Being accountable to my spouse, being accountable to our children, being accountable to my clients, reaching out and saying, “hold my feet to the fire” became the attitude of the day.
Over the years my mindset totally committed to the concept of accountability. Now you may be wondering, how do you truly hold yourself accountable to another human being?
Let me caution you, first of all, you can't hold yourself accountable to just anybody willy nilly. It requires somebody that you trust, somebody that you have a massive amount of respect for, someone you love or care for.
I reach out to people that I trust, respect and love and share my goals and/or objective with them. I explain my timetables, methodologies and my strategies for reaching my goal to that person. I make sure my expectations are very clearly defined and then I ask this person one question: Would you do me a favor and hold me accountable to this goal?
It's life changing and revolutionary, especially if they do what they say they're going to do, and really do hold you accountable.
Being accountable to someone is the wisest thing you can do, when it comes to planning, goal setting and decision making, if you truly want to succeed at making change in your life.
Is this mindset, this attitude of accountability a commitment you are willing to make? It is part of the tough stuff.
If you want some help in this area of accountability, I am here for you. Just give me a call.