What is accountability?
: the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions public officials lacking accountability
Have you ever played the blame game? You know, when something doesn’t go your way, you immediately blame someone else instead of looking at yourself.
So many people in the world today refuse to look in the mirror and hold themselves accountable for the way their life or problem has turned out.
As for the journey of life; at some point you will realize that YOU are the driver and you will drive!
If you want change in your life, it is time to look in the mirror and be accountable for all of your actions. Instead of blaming, ask your self “What is the problem and what am I doing to change or create the problem.”
Until you realize that you are the driver of your life and you are responsible for your actions, your life will not change for the better, your problems will never resolve and you will be stuck in the same rut over and over again.
Have you considered: That your environment is a product of you? Stop playing the victim of your life. You are not a victim of circumstance or a victim of life. What if how you perceive your environment is a result of your own perceptions? Moreover, how much influence does your perspective have on perpetuating your environment? Are you doing anything to change anything?
Now if you have goals to reach such as weight loss, higher education, better job, starting a business etc. you need to start holding your self accountable in order to achieve those goals. Here are a few steps to help get you started on the road to accountability!
- 1. Have the Right Mind Set
- You need to know your “why” or desire. Why do you want to reach this goal? You have to want to reach this goal badly otherwise you will not make the commitment to it.
2. Prioritize and Make it a Habit
Get rid of the excuses and schedule it in. For instance if loosing 30 pounds is a goal, you need to pencil in on your calendar every day giving yourself at least 30 minutes to exercise. Make the exercise a priority and before you know it, it will be a habit!
3. Partner Up!
It’s always easier when you have a buddy right! Find a buddy! It doesn’t have to be someone working towards the same goal. It can be a friend or family member that you can reach out to when you are feeling off track. Let them pump you up and get you back on the track to your goal!
4. Educate Yourself
Take the time to research. Knowing more about your goal will help strengthen your “why” and commitment. If want to lose weight, it isn’t all about exercise. You need to know about food too. Research the different diets and how they may work for you. Not everyone is the same!
Write it out! When you put it on paper the chances of you committing greatly increase! You also need to journal your bad days and pay attention to your problems, excuses and who you blamed. Then ask yourself, “What can I do different?” Before you know it, you will be holding yourself accountable for the outcome of your life!
At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves – our success is a result of what we do – Catherine Pulsifer