Accountable people achieve results other only dream of. This simple trait brings so much positive energy in any endeavour we take on in our lives. Accountability is so underrated that few face the music and they become uncomfortable when facing their failures.
How can one thing become such a big game changer when trying to achieve exponential results? Let’s first reverse engineer this question. What stops us from creating massive results? Instead of being accountable, we adopt these following behaviours.
We blame others for our failure.
We make excuses why we did not achieve the desired result.
We procrastinate until it’s too late.
We adopt a negative attitude.
We fall into indecision.
We let fear take control.
This is the coward’s way out of a failure. Not stepping up and accepting the results only creates a sense of doubt from others. You are perceived as a person that won’t achieve what you set out to do. Accepting the possibility of failure is the first step towards accountability. We all encounter failure in our lives. No one is immune to disappointments, let-downs and botch attempts. No one has discovered an antidote for failure, and we don’t need one. Why would you? It’s the only way to learn and become stronger when obstacles pop up on our paths, or when events that seem unsurmountable are encountered.
So, what is a sure-fire way to increase your rate of success?
1- Become accountable for everything.
Yes, this is a tough pill to swallow for a lot of people. Unfortunately, for those that rarely take responsibility and blame others, you are accountable even if you scream it’s not your fault and tries to deflect towards others. This brings to the light, the lack of our society to claim responsibility for so many failed events.
No being accountable has become a normal way of life for so many of us. It blinds you from the truth and deprives you from the lessons needed to learn and make better decisions. While you are constantly in denial, you can’t see what is right in front of you trying to teach you something positive.
2- Have an accountability partner.
An accountability partner is a person you trust that will remind you of the commitments you have taken for yourself and others. That person will have you face the music when it stops. In simple terms, say loudly what you want to do. Don’t keep it inside hidden from others.
The first phase is writing the goal. But it is still for your eyes only. Get up and say loudly your objectives. This will create ownership. Pressure is felt if you don’t accomplish what you announced to everyone. You want to increase your sales by 50%? Write in down and tell all your team. This will push you to reach what you declared. It becomes visible and tracked by all. You will feel awkward in the quarterly or annual sales meeting when asked why you haven’t achieved the announced goal.
You want to lose some pounds? Don’t just make this a new year’s resolution. Commit to the decision. If you have a habit of snacking on sugary food in the evening, tell your partner to point it out each time. If your partner values your goal, they will oblige to it. The pounds will melt away. This is what an accountability partner will bring to the table. They will put emphasis when you break your commitments to yourself.
Accountability DOES breed success. One doesn’t come without the other. Taking responsibility for all your actions creates a mindset that increases victory. There is no way around this. You are accountable or you are making excuses. And if you do choose to make excuses for everything and not taking responsibility, accept the fact that triumph will always be an elusive part of your life.
Are you a person who wants to create a life they desire and to achieve success, however, you define it? Step out of your comfort zone and scream at the top of your lungs: