The Accountability Factor!

By , September 18, 2010 4:22 pm

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”

George Washington Carver, Chemist

Learning is exciting!

You might read a book, watch a video post or attend a course which inspires you to make some positive changes in your life or your business.

You feel different, excited and determined that THIS time you’re going to step into your own power and make things happen.

This time is different…You’re committed.

You get clear on your purpose, decide what you want and set a goal.

You might even break the goal down into do-able action-steps and feel ready to really make things happen.

You start to make a little progress and…

… Then life gets in the way!

All the noise and distraction around you makes it difficult to remember to stay focused and take action every day. So you stall and drift back into those old habits and patterns. Your goal is relegated to your wish list and you become frustrated again.

It’s hard to be accountable when there’s so much going on that distracts your attention and focus.

It’s hard to do things alone especially when you’re trying to change old patterns and habits that no longer serve you.

So why do it alone?

A great way to continue momentum and accomplish more is to choose an accountability buddy.

What is an accountability buddy?

  1. Someone you choose who is excited about you achieving your goal.
  2. They are willing to talk with you weekly (or every two weeks) either over the phone or on email.
  3. Someone who agrees to hold you accountable for meeting deadlines, taking action, making progress and accomplishing your goals.
  4. Someone who you commit to show up for and share your progress.
  5. An accountability buddy also acts as a sounding board. You can share your ideas and ask for feedback.
  6. They can celebrate your success.
  7. They provide energy and enthusiasm when yours is low and you feel stuck. They can help you think things through and share their experiences.
  8. They can ‘kick your ass’ (with love) and remind you about WHY you’re doing what you’re doing when you’re feeling distracted or making excuses.

Being accountable and reporting back to someone really helps you to stay motivated and take some action.

I recommend working with an accountability buddy to my coaching clients and delegates attending any of my training workshops because people are much more productive when they have set a do-able deadline and are held accountable to it.

If I commit to an action with my accountability buddy (who is my coach!) and I know I’m going to be asked about it the next time we talk, I’ll make sure that I do it before that next call! I don’t want to let my coach (or myself) down.

You may prefer to have an accountability buddy where you both share your goals and hold each other accountable. This can be a really effective partnership because you are helping each other.

An accountability buddy makes you more determined to accomplish things. It’s a great way to ensure that you achieve more and keep momentum.

Who’s your Accountability Buddy?!

3 Responses to “The Accountability Factor!”

  1. Joe says:

    Great information Elaine.

    I find by living out loud and being held accountable by a partner helps me accomplish sooooo much more.

    For me, my Accountability Buddy is my partner Patty K. She has no problem calling me on my stuff. Sometimes she’s even nice about it too.

    Great post, keep smiling.

  2. Thanks Joe – I love this! It’s good to have someone to call you on your stuff.

    I PROMISE to keep smiling – always! :-)

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