Accountability; An Important Step to Achieving Goals

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Accountability; An Important Step to Achieving Goals

The next difficult part after setting goals and writing your vision statement, is following through. This is where accountability comes in to play a very important role.

Excuses begin to creep in. We tell ourselves that we are tired, or that we had a long day, or the other one-million-and-one reasons there are for not doing what we ought to do when we ought to do it. The “I’ll start later” syndrome, aka procrastination.

Other times though, especially when things get tough, it becomes sort of difficult to remember why you set these goals in the first place. We may need an extra push at such times.

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One thing that helps is an accountability partner.

Accountability, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, means, "an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions".

In the context of this article, it refers to "the ability and willingness to give an honest account of your thoughts, feelings, and behavior to someone else" (www.goalcast.com).

An accountability partner is someone who holds you accountable or to whom you hold yourself accountable to do the things you have proposed to do i.e. someone you give a sort of progress report which includes achievements and challenges. Very much like having a gym buddy or a weight loss partner.

They can be someone ahead of you, like a mentor, or someone in your bracket - a peer. The central idea is that this person should be someone;
1. Who has your best interest at heart
2. Whom you trust
3. Who understands your vision
4. Who is understanding yet will call you out when you are performing below par
5. Who won’t make you feel pressured
6. Who is discrete

Avoid anyone who;
1. Is bossy
2. Won’t let you breathe or let you work at your own pace.
Tip: You can create an accountability club with friends of like-minds.

However you go about it, whether with a mentor, a peer or a group of friends, embrace positive energy only. Do away with anyone who only talks you down. If they never uplift you then they have no business giving you criticism, let alone holding you accountable.

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