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How to Hold Yourself Accountable?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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How to Hold Yourself Accountable

Are you struggling to get things done? Here’s why.

Accountability is being responsible for yourself and the ones around you. Your decisions and actions carry an impact on yourself as well as others who are connected to you.

Holding yourself accountable reflects on your progress in daily life and activity. Keeping yourself accountable for the decisions you make or your actions can be overwhelming at times. However, with the right approach and attitude, you’ll be able to discipline yourself.

Here in this blog, we will guide you through the simplest of approaches you can take to hold yourself accountable. Read on!

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A)  Set The Right Attitude

The first approach to your journey in accountability is to adjust your mindset. Everything going around us is not ideal for all of us. While some situations might be appealing, the others may not be. Perfection is a perspective.

Accepting that the world you live in is not perfect and adjusting yourself to it accordingly takes away much pressure off of you. Focusing on what you can do rather than what is not under your control while taking care of the consequences makes it easier for you to start it accountability.

Working best with your capabilities believing you own the power with a positive mindset will help you achieve your goal.

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Setting a personal mantra and keeping yourself intact to it will help you in retrospection. Your mantra defines who you truly are and what you believe in.

The mantra that you follow in your life need not be a long-winded statement. It can be just a simple way of life starting from your first activity in the morning and how you spend your day.

Your mission statement keeps you ahead of yourself in your journey of accountability. How we act or do not act in certain situations defines who we truly are and what is our belief system.

C) Set Simple Goals

This is something most of us mistake with while we make our approach. In this whole wide world, we have many responsibilities to cater to and goals, big or small, short-term or long-term, we need to achieve

Moving in full pace towards achieving everything we want all at once leads to attaining nothing at all. You can have all that you desire but not all at once.

Going one step at a time, setting micro-goals while moving ahead will help you to be answerable for yourself. Starting your mission well, achieving the simpler goals will lead you half the way towards achieving that goal of yours with full accountability.

D) Have Someone You Can Be Accountable To

While you set on the journey of accountability, it might so happen that you find it quite challenging. It is possible to feel the lack of responsiveness when the person your decision affects includes only yourself.

Having someone you are accountable to solves this problem when you are new to the art of accountability. Choosing a friend for this purpose might be challenging. A friend, on the first page, is a friend to you because they agree with you.

As the unwritten rule goes here that they point out your faults only when you do. The person you are accountable to has to be someone who is no easy or lenient personality.

E) Review Your Progress

A rule of thumb for holding yourself accountable is to keep yourself in constant check. This might need some hard-love on yourself but it is the way to progress in your life in the long run.

Reviewing your actions and keeping yourself in a constant check will help you learn your flaws and how to act on them. Being the judge of your actions instead of blaming others reduces criticisms and reflects in your progress.

Seeking feedback from the ones around you who are your teammates at work and lead by your example is always a boss move. It nurtures your overall growth.

As important as achieving your goal is, holding yourself accountable for the actions that lead to that goal weighs the same level of significance. All of us have failed some way or the other in being as productive as we project to be. We have faced situations where giving up is not a solution.

As challenging as holding yourself accountable can be, an environment you set for yourself and the effort you take in being productive will help you in the process.

With the right approach, we are positive that you will be on the path leading to your success.