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Why 5 x D’s will make your life easier?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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When in doubt, it’s time to roll out my trusty and proven 5 x D process.





✅Just contact Darren

Review your workload and To-Do List regularly and pick any item, then get stuck into it. If you’re feeling positive and in a good headspace, then grab the hardest task on your To-Do List and get it done. Strangle that sucker, and tick it off your list… Good on you for picking the hardest task as you know it gets easier from here on in, with the hardest now being done and dusted. How good does that feel!

If you’re feeling sluggish and not ready to fight with Rambo for another few rounds, then pick the easier task on your To-Do List and get it done. Nothing wrong with getting into a routine of picking a task and smashing it. Just getting into a routine of completing tasks puts you in a better headspace and frame of mind to take on the harder tasks and get through your To-Do’s.

Is there one task that always ends up at the bottom of the pile? If you find you’re avoiding it, ask yourself and those in your team if there’s somebody else to do it, or you can delay it until you have time. Perhaps you can delegate it to someone who has; the time to do in now, maybe they have a special interest or subject-matter expertise in this field, maybe their time is better used by attending to this task and your time is better spent doing other things? Could it be their job to do it or give an eager team member an opportunity to step up and take on this task off your hands? We all know a good stretch of their capability is a great opportunity to learn, grow, make mistakes and get out of there comfort zone.

It’s ok to also Delete the task (naturally, discuss with the task initiator) and stop pretending you can or should do it. Ask yourself, if it’s not going to get your closer to achieving your own key performance indicator (KPI) or it’s not strategically important to your business, or there is no visible or qualifiable upside for getting this done, then getting rid of the task it is perfectly fine and you have permission to dump it.

‘Accountability’ is a powerful word, yet most don’t know what it means. For most of us, that ‘A’ word sends a shiver up our spines yet most don’t know what it really means, and nor can they spell it correctly. 

What we do know is that we must ‘step up’ and be responsible for something. Accountability means; delivering on a promise or honouring a commitment made to others and to ourselves. You see, there is a difference between Accountability and Responsibility, they are cousins, but not the same.

Let me explain. You are responsible for things and you are accountable to people. So it is essential that if we want to get stuff done we will need a person with whom we can work, someone in a central role to hold you to account.

To find this person, they need to have a proven track record of being able to get things done themselves. ‘Have they walked the talk’

✅Accountability increases


Activity increases Opportunity.

That’s precisely how I can help, I’m Darren Finkelstein ‘your accountability coach’, let me share with you my background and why I’m the right person for the job.

I’m an Accountability Coach, Business Advisor and Presenter that delivers measurable results.

I’m well-credentialed throughout my own entrepreneurial journey which has been filled with high achievement.

I bring solid skills with an informed perspective that confirms – ‘I walk the talk’.

I work with entrepreneurial business owners, executives and their teams to ensure full accountability so they can meet obligations, promises and commitments made to others and to themselves. I’m the current entrepreneur-in-residence at CoWork Me St Kilda, where my private office is based.

You do realise what happens at work directly affects your private life and when you get it right, you’ll lead a happier and more fulfilling life? Your family will truly appreciate it.

I’m a passionate, energetic and focused leader that is reliable, underpinned by a proven track record in both large corporate and small business. I worked for 10-years as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ for Apple under the inspirational leadership of Steve Jobs.

As a corporate escapee with a few battle scars from my time at Apple, I sought a genuine sea change and worked for my entrepreneurial self in a small ‘lifestyle business’ in the recreation industry. It started off small and we grew steadily to meet the needs of the market. My business partner Andrew and I successfully sold and exited some 15-years later. So much for giving it a try to see if it works!

For 4-years, I was marketing ambassador and manager of a growing community at a new residential and marina development made up of 1,500 people in Melbourne’s west.

I have a deep connection with the ocean, I’m a wanna-be pro surfer who lacks the ability, but that’s never stopped me. Along the way, I have written three award-winning bestselling books on boating and lifestyle. My first title went Top 5 on iTunes. I built a strong community on social media, a growing media profile and are widely respected amongst entrepreneurial circles as, as a gun who Gets Stuff Done. Naturally, that works for me!

I’m a seasoned radio presenter with 3AW doing the ‘Beach and Bay reports’ over summer since 2014. I love the challenge of live radio and this aligns well with my passion for the outdoors, lifestyle and the ocean. I graduated from the Dent Global, Key Person of Influence ‘entrepreneurial accelerator program’ in 2012 and are the first back-to-back winner of the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award for Australia in 2013 and 2014.

Enough about me, let’s work on your story!

and getting your team to do the same

Do you meet the obligations, promises, goals and commitments made to yourself and to others?

The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study in 2010 on accountability and found out that the probability of completing a goal is:

  • 10% – If you have an idea or a goal actually.
  • 25% – If you consciously decide you will do it.
  • 40% – If you decide when you will do it.
  • 50% – If you plan how you will do it.
  • 65% – If you commit to someone, you will do it.
  • 95% – If you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed to.

After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your; goals, promises, obligations and commitments alone?

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with me ‘The Accountability Guy’ and we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and we’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward. Each Unboxing Session includes:

  • 60-90min obligation-free Zoom chat about 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

Click here to BOOK now.

For more information call me directly: +61 418-379 369.