How can you be accountable?
Success comes with accountability, what can you do to become accountable
Accountability leads to success and creates self-discipline. It’s not just an idea that you can force on others. It’s a practical approach that needs to be applied across the board. Without self-accountability, you aren’t going to excel like you dreamt when starting your business.
Sky high ambitions are wonderful but they aren’t enough. You’ve to convert your desires into meaningful actions. And for that to happen, you need accountability. This is especially important for business owners as you are not answerable to anyone which can lead to lack of accountability.
How do you come out of this situation as a victor? That’s something I am going to talk about today. You will understand how you can hold yourself up through such challenges by the end of this blog.
What are the steps you should take?
When you are running the company, achieving your goals and fulfilling your big dreams are your top priorities. Well, I hate to break it to you but achieving success without going through failures and challenges isn’t possible. You will learn this the hard way when you neither have the support of any superior nor have someone to look up to.
I have made a list of critical factors you should always keep in mind. These will help you holding yourself accountable and achieving your goals. You will be tempted thoroughly through your journey. However, your aim will be to ignore distractions and come out as a champion. It’s possible if you can comply with the following set of rules.
- Plan your actions
- Set milestones
- Work towards those milestones
- Celebrate the small achievements
- Create more to-do lists
- Improve your decision making using your past experiences
What if I fail?
Being a successful accountability coach for years, I have acquired numerous experiences. There are accolades to show off my success, and improvements to show off my failures.
Notice how I have never let failure stop me from being optimistic about the future? This is because I was motivated to Get Stuff Done. That’s what accountability brings with it, the hunger of attaining your goals.
People that don’t get stuff done are never successful in life. You know this because it’s present everywhere in your daily life. Many rich people became bankrupt because they couldn’t keep themselves in check. They forgot their initial motivations and got carried away by temptations. If you think remembering these rules will be a challenge, then let me teach you my rules. Learn from my experience and they will carry you to success.
Darren’s 3 Ps of achieving success
Planning is the most crucial part of attaining success. Without plans, you don’t get anywhere and keep spinning in circles.
The first rule of planning is to set small goals. The bigger your goals are, the harder you will have to work to reach them. And trust me, having hard goals only demotivates you. Even I get demotivated if there’s something nearly impossible standing in front of me. The best plan of action in this scenario is to set smaller goals. They keep you motivated and also help you build momentum.
The second rule of planning is to celebrate small victories and milestones. They keep you headstrong and give you the motivation to excel further.
I cannot stress this point enough. Prioritising the things that matter is vital when it comes to running a business. When you have goals in mind, it’s easier to arrange them according to urgency, and current requirement.
Give priority to things that matter the most, but that doesn’t mean ignoring other jobs. A steady balance between tasks is very important.
Partner up with someone! When you do something as a team, you achieve much more than you can imagine. One person can’t do everything. Therefore, forcing yourself to grind the wheel alone is worthless. Get a partner, share your burden.
This will make accountability an easier process. When there are two people involved in a task, they can hold each other up during a tough time. Motivation is also high when you share success with someone else. It injects you with the courage to go above and beyond.
Sometimes, sitting down and asking yourself about your problems is a good approach to accountability.
Ask yourself – have I been successful in these past few days? Have I met my goals? Have I successfully attained any milestone? Did I work upon Darren’s rules of accountability? Answer honestly. It’s for your own good.
Even a habit this simple can put you on the right track. With accountability, you can go beyond your potential. It can boost your productivity, management, motivation and ultimately get you to success!
I’m Darren Finkelstein ‘The Accountability Guy’
I’m a sought-after, highly experienced Accountability Coach, Business Advisor & Mentor. I work with high-performing entrepreneurial business owners and their teams. Also, I am a conference and event speaker on all matters of accountability and getting stuff done.
My past experience includes working at Apple for 10-years as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. Then, building a successful entrepreneurial business for 15-years in the marine and lifestyle industry until we successfully sold and exited. I’m the author of three bestselling and award-winning books and are a part-time summer presenter in Melbourne on radio 3AW.
Accountability is my specialty; it’s a tool that I’ve mastered for my business over many years. It held me in good stead at Apple, and it kept me ahead of the game in our business. The result is that I’m incredibly focussed, well organised and outcome-driven which has led to my business success. Yet for others, it frequently makes people nervous, as it requires us to step up our game, be introspective and hold ourselves to account, which can be very uncomfortable initially until you harness the power and momentum it generates, with the realisation how powerful it is, and how effective you have become.
Did you know that the word accountability is regularly misspelt and often misunderstood? Businesses don’t really understand the difference between responsibility and accountability? Both are cousins but not the same. You see, you are responsible for things and accountable to people, hence the confusion. To me, being accountable means ‘doing the things you say you are going to do’, and ‘getting your team to do the same’.
Work with me directly and I’ll keep you accountable, hold you to your commitments, promises and goals in my One-On-One Sessions (limited spaces available) or perhaps you and your team would like to join one of my private Mastermind Group Forums, or try ‘Accountability Made Easy’ my (D.I.Y) online program. Want to know more about working with me? Visit Working With Me.
It’s my desire to hold everyone in the room to account, which makes me an engaging Speaker on the subject of ‘Accountability’ for your next event, conference or workshop. My goal is to not motivate but to inspire your audience to take action for themselves, to implement and execute.
I’ve got a full playbook of strategies that I’m privileged to share or maybe we can create a totally bespoke and customised package to suit your individual or team needs. For more information, visit my website.
After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your; goals, promises, obligations and commitments alone? Unlikely I suspect, without external assistance.
Book your FREE Unboxing Session with me ‘The Accountability Guy’!
Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.
Each Unboxing Session includes
- 60-90 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
- Examine your priorities
- Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
- Together, we will create a plan and set timelines
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