How to Hold Yourself Accountable


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Accountability is "an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions," according to Merriam-Webster; a word that high achievers are, most likely, very familiar with and utilize, regularly, to bolster their chances at success. When committing to anything, it is useful to have a good grip on your own accountability.


Now, what's interesting about accountability is that it can easily turn into one of those things that is easier said than done and to get the desired result, it's important to look at the things needed to keep accountability at the place it needs to be, for maximum success. Let's begin.


What's making finding accountability necessary?

So what's making finding that accountability necessary for you, in this moment?

Accountability has the ability to be a fine line between success and failure or average and phenomenal, making it relevant for achieving the outcome you most desire. So what's making finding that accountability necessary for you, in this moment?


What we're aiming to do is hit your targets, so when we identify the accountability's importance, we would've created buy-in. Again, the goal is to find ways to remain accountable, so buy-in gives us more reasons to stay committed, and more reasons to be motivated enough to not give up. Finally, not giving up enables you to build up your consistency and capacity. Wins that we can't argue with.


Don't procrastinate

... when it comes to procrastination, all it does is delay the inevitable.

Accountability means improved chances at getting what we want to do done, but there's a struggle to get there when we fall into procrastination. Further, when it comes to procrastination, all it does is delay the inevitable. Even if we manage to pull tasks off, it leaves us stressed; panicked, trying to get things done: and vulnerable to missing the desired targets.


Between the terms, proactive and reactive, the former tends to be the desirable practice but this is one time that reactivity gets the shine from the spotlight. What you're reacting to is the voice of procrastination. As soon as it announces itself, while trying to steer you down procrastination's path, react by immediately taking action on, at least, one progressive step that's in line with your goal. You can't lose with this one.


Get an accountability partner


An accountability partner is someone who is enlisted to champion your commitment to goals and targets. They will intentionally check in on you, or you will be able to report to them, updates on your progress. An accountability partner can easily be a partner, friend or even a, hired, life coach.


When you invite them along, you box yourself in. It becomes more tedious to slack-off, since not living up to the commitment means having to not only face yourself, but also having your accountability partner. To avoid awkward moments and avoid unsupportive counter-accountability habits, you can find yourself going the extra mile toward success; remember that thin line, we mentioned earlier, between success and failure, average and phenomenal?


Where the life coach is differentiated from the other options is that their only bias is a commitment to the success of your goal. With a coach, a moment of unmet accountability, becomes an opportunity to learn from and grow competencies, around preventing the lapses in ones ability to stay committed. Additionally, your ability to stay committed is fortified.


An accountability partner can easily be a partner, friend or even a, hired, life coach.

Forecast and mitigate possible obstacles


Depending on the goal, derailment can be quite a calamity. For this reason, accountability and obstacles go together. What possible obstacles might you encounter? What shows up, just might surprise you.


In identifying possible obstacles, what we'll do is empower you to mitigate them. We then remain accountable because you gain more confidence in your preparedness to treat eventualities, thus improving accountability.


Ask yourself for the answers

... keep in consideration that you are the expert in your life.

No one will know what it takes to hold yourself accountable more than yourself. In your browsing of resources and the receiving of knowledge, keep in consideration that you are the expert in your life. Create a space that enables helpful introspection and look at where you excel, and where you face challenges.


What patterns do you notice? What areas need improvement? What will, further, support on your accountability journey, do for you? This is what it means to ask yourself for the answers.


Before you go, you may find that this article was helpful and may like to take on a more engaging and challenging approach to working on your own accountability. If this is the case, consider life coaching as the vehicle to take you to the outcome you desire. Our team at mcoopercoaching.com is ready to answer your questions and support you on this journey.


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