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AccountabilityIt’s really easy to create the plan and all that goes with it, but it’s not a smart move to be the only one holding you accountable, especially if what you’re up to is something that has you stepping into a zone that you haven’t been in before—something that stretches you. Accountability is most often one of the missing pieces. Being accountable means that you alone are liable and answerable for what happens, and for what doesn’t happen. For what you do and for what you don’t do. Without it, getting your desired end results becomes more difficult.

Accountability is a choice; it’s a way of being. Choosing to be accountable means that you identify with what that means and fully accept the responsibility for what happens and for any mishaps along the way without pointing fingers. It’s a personal choice to demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving exceptional results.
If you’re going to accomplish what you say you want to accomplish, you have to first of all, take responsibility for what you’re up to and take responsibility for your actions. It’s all on you. No one else is responsible for your actions but you. If you think about that for a moment, that’s a pretty big deal, so not something you want to take lightly. You really have to make a mindset shift to stand in that space.

Standing in that space of complete ownership means seeing and then identifying with who it is that you have to be to get the things done that will lead to the outcome that you desire. When you look up at the summit you may realize that the situation calls for you to be an entirely different way. You have to step up your game to rise to the occasion. It also means that you are completely authentic with yourself and with everyone else no matter what comes your way.

Occupying that space means that you are in alignment with who it is you are called to be inside of every moment as well as with what it is you’re setting out to achieve. Think about how difficult you would make your overall task if you weren’t in alignment with it. Without alignment you end up working against your grain.

When you’re up to big things, which I believe all of us should be, you can’t solely rely on yourself for accountability. Ask someone to be your accountability partner. It can a friend, colleague, or it can be your coach. Whomever it is has to be someone who understands who you are, knows what you’re working to achieve and who will hold your feet to the fire no matter what. They also have to be able to put their foot in your rear if need be and trust me, that time will come. This person actually takes on the responsibility of supporting you and making you answer for your actions, or lack thereof. This trusted individual holds you accountable and you step up to the plate and take things on. Being liable to be called on to render an account in answer for your actions.

As you move forward, remember to acknowledge reality and own the reality regardless of what it is. When you hit bumps in the road, find a way to glide over them. When problems arise, create and carry out solutions. Hold the vision for what you want and pave your way to the summit.

If you’re into mobile apps and you need some help with accountability, check out my productivity app In “Do” Time. It supports you throughout the week to help keep you accountable. As of the time of this post, it’s available on Google Play and coming to Apple soon.

 


FirstQuarterFilesWe all know that the end of the month of March means the end of the first quarter. At this point with three months of the year gone, it’s moving swiftly and it’s not going to stop. Now is the time to take inventory to see where you are.

At the beginning of the year you had the opportunity for a fresh start. You probably felt pretty good right about then with the chance to start something new, take on new things and maybe even determined to focus on not letting things get away from you like you did the year before. Where are you right now? Look at what you set out to do at the beginning of the year and compare those things to what you’ve accomplished so far. How close are you? If you’re not close at all, of course you have to ask why. Maybe you got off to a good start then lost control somewhere along the way.

Whatever the reason for not being on track, you’re at a point in the year where it’s time to take a short break and use this time to assess where you are. If you’re not on track, you have to ask yourself the tough questions to find out what the reason is. Were there obstacles that got in the way or things that you weren’t prepared for? It might be that fear is in your way or that your limiting beliefs are in control. You may not know how to get where you want to go or you just haven’t done what it takes to get there. Get to the bottom of things and then ask yourself who it is that you have to be to get to the point of accomplishment. After you figure that out, determine what you are going to do to get back on track.

The first quarter is just about done. If you’re not where you want to be or not positioned to end your year the way you envision, it’s time to get into action. Now! It doesn’t take long to finish your assessment, determine who you have to be and then what you’re going to do to move forward. Map out your plan and figure out what you need to support you and get you through to the end. Think about the any obstacles that might show up at some point down the road and how you’re going to deal with them if they come up. Tighten up your plan, set up something for accountability and get back to work!

 


This is the time of year where most people look forward to and get a fresh start.  They start off with enthusiasm and great momentum and at some point, if all the pieces aren’t in place, the momentum slows, they lose focus and the things that they said they were up to start to become just talk.  The action leaves the mix and they either stumble or fumble their way through the rest of the year making poor attempts, or the pursuit stops altogether.

Now, if you’ve been around for a while or if you’ve been a client of mine, you’ve heard me talk about all of those pieces that have to come together to make it all work.  Part of that mix is accountability.  You can have all of the other pieces—the SMART goals, the plan to carry them out with the tasks in your calendar and all of the required resources, but if you don’t have someone to support your efforts, someone to hold you accountable, you’re missing a crucial part of the puzzle.

You see, it’s really easy to create the plan and all that goes with it, but it’s not a smart move to be the only one holding you accountable, especially if what you’re up to is something that has you stepping into a zone that you haven’t been in before—something that stretches you.  This, after all, is how it should be.  If your goals don’t have you stepping outside of your comfort zone, facing your fear about doing it and living life on the skinny branches, really, what’s the point?

Accountability is most often one of the missing pieces, if you’re going to accomplish what you say you want to accomplish, you have to first of all, take responsibility for what you’re up to and take responsibility for your actions.  It’s all on you.  No one else is responsible for your actions but you.  Secondly, when you add accountability to the mix it has to be someone that understands who you are, knows what you’re working to achieve and who will hold your feet to the fire or put their foot in your rear if need be.  This person actually takes on the responsibility of supporting you and making you answer for your actions, or lack thereof.  This trusted individual holds you accountable and you step up to the plate and take on a way or state of being accountable; being liable to be called on to render an account in answer for your actions.  That requires a mindset shift.  When you look at what it is that you have to do to get where you want to go, you have to stop and look at who it is that you have to be and one of those ways of being is accountable.  With that shift into that way of being, you can take the actions necessary to get you down that road to the summit.

 

 


The start of the new year is most certainly a time to start fresh, to create new things, gain focus, shift gears and move forward.  You may or may not have started the new year thinking about what things are going to look like or what you want to do for the next 365 days.  You might even be feeling as though it came so fast and you didn’t have time to prepare for it.  Now that it’s here it’s time to get things moving, so don’t waste another moment if you haven’t already started your 2012 ball to rolling.

To help jump start the process, follow the steps below:

  • Make a list of things that you are letting go with the passing of the old year.  This means things, people and habits that don’t support you.  You can’t make room for the new or aspire to new heights while holding on to things from the past.
  • Declutter and organize your work space.  It’s hard to work in a cluttered, disorganized work space, so get rid of the clutter and organize what’s left in a way that makes sense for you and how you work.  A space that’s not organized will cost you not only time but money.
  • If you use a paper planner, purchase your new calendar/planner refills.  Get them in your binder and get busy with your plan.  Once you create your goals get the tasks to complete them into your schedule.
  • Don’t make resolutions, set goals.  Resolutions are a good place to start, but they don’t have staying power.  If you’ve created resolutions, morph them into S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) goals and create your plan to reach each of them.
  • End procrastination.  If you’ve been procrastinating, do something that you’ve been putting off today.  If you can finish the task, do so.  If not, take at least one step toward getting it done and do something every day until it’s done.
  • Create you plan for the year.  What are you doing this year with and inside of your business?  How much money do you want to make this year and how are you going to get there?
  • Get the help that you need.  When you’re wearing all of the hats, sometimes it’s hard to delegate, but there comes a point when it’s necessary.  Determine the things that can be delegated to someone else so that you can focus on doing what you do best.
  • Get an accountability partner.  If you’re going to accomplish what you set out to do, you need someone to support you and to hold you accountable.  Enlist a friend or colleague that you can share accountability with.  If that doesn’t work, get a coach.  It’s well worth the investment.

 

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