Are You Holding Yourself Accountable?

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” Stephen R. Covey

But it seems no one wants to be held accountable anymore. All to often, I see business owners burying their heads in the sand and hoping that the next big thing will come along and they will pounce.

As we embark on the final quarter of the year, it is common for many business owners to start to ponder, what have I accomplished this year? What did I do right? What did I do wrong? What did I not get done that I wish I had?

Well, as Sam Silverstein states in his book No More Excuses: The Five Accountabilities For Personal And Organizational Growth, “Some people achieve extraordinary things in life; other do not. The difference in the two groups lies in accountability.”

I am firm believer in having some sort of accountability in place for everyone – especially business owners. It is so easy to get caught up in life, putting out fires, having your attention diverted by the next shiny thing that passes by, and before you know it, all your projects are getting put on the back burner.

So how do you partner with the right person to hold you accountable?

First:  Find an Accountability Coach. Someone whom you respect and can come in and assess where you are and where you want to go. Someone with an unbiased point of view on your company.

Second: Determine your goals. Whether this is financial, emotional, spiritual or a physical goal, spell them out. Write them down and post them on the wall in your business. Those that write down their goals are FAR more likely to achieve them.

Third: Set up a plan of action. A SPECIFIC plan of action. What are you specifically going to do to achieve your goal? Some suggestions could be:

  • Blog once a week
  • Invest one hour every morning on effective social media marketing
  • Attend a conference for your profession
  • Attend a conference of the profession of your target market
  • Create a webinar/class
  • Make a list of clients you want to have in your portfolio – and a plan of action on how to get them

Fourth: Set up monthly reviews with your accountability coach. Yes – monthly. This person needs to hold your feet to the fire or this is all just a waste of time and a wonderful social hour. Look at your goals, what is going well, what is not going well, and tweak accordingly.

Think about it, professionals in all areas have someone holding them accountable. Professional athletes, CEOs of large companies – and it should also be the same with you. YOU are your own CEO. Start acting like it.

What are some ways that accountability has worked for you in the past? Share your ideas here!