Accountability is the attitude and practice of responding and taking ownership of our actions, behaviours, performance and decisions. In the road of success accountability is key since it teaches us to be responsible, but also because it makes us value our hard work helping us improve our performance and self-confidence.
To build accountability there are different strategies that you can apply to your daily life, like starting a journal or diary where you keep a record of the tasks you complete and reflect on the ones you struggle to do or have not done. Writing down how you feel and keeping up with daily tasks can help you understand your actions and your motivations so that you can be more accountable.
In Achieve we believe that success happens in community, having a group or someone you can be accountable to is as important as being accountable to ourselves. Everyone, at least once in their life, has witnessed how it is easy to put off or delay action on something if you are the only one who knows about it. The concept of sharing your goals is simple but very powerful. You now have your goals written out, and hopefully, somewhere you can view them daily; now it is time to tell someone about them. A Success Partner is someone who supports you and holds you accountable in order to make you more likely to complete your tasks and move closer to your goal!
Success Partners also serve as external feedback, they will be your own “Board of Directors” that can help you brainstorm solutions to your challenges.
Establishing new routines or habits can be hard, so sharing struggles can be bonding. Having support just makes personal development and overall life success easier, faster, and more enjoyable. Engaging the support of the right friend and/or peer can often bolster one’s confidence because we know and trust them to have no agenda but our ultimate success. Their encouragement can be the positive push that we need, which is so much more effective than the negative accountability often experienced at school or work. The power and positive energy of a community is a known variable, to help one overcome setbacks and/or difficulties and to stay on track to achieve our goals.
Choosing your Success Partner/s
Here are some thing to keep in mind when choosing your Success Partner/s:
- Success Partners can be between just two people but it is best to have a small group of 3-5.
- Accountability is a two-way street, make sure they can help you and you can help them.
- You need to feel comfortable with them and be able to trust them.
- Choose positive and goal-oriented people that genuinely want to help others.
- Find people who are motivated to make changes in their own lives.
- Who will encourage you and motivate you.
- Frequent communication is needed, once a week or more. Those who connect more frequently achieve more
- You can connect via social media: quick updates can be shared, post images at the gym, or eating a healthy meal, can motivate you and others
A group of people with similar dreams, goals, and world-views. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They’re not in your business, but they’re in your shoes. Finding such a group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost to your career and life.-Seth Godin
- Share your Success Plan with your Success Partners
- Set up a communication plan with your team.