“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown
In the entrepreneurship world, we hear about accountability partners all the time. People are talking about how you need one or they’re looking for one. I agree, they are an absolute must if you want to grow your business quickly.
However, you must first be accountable to yourself. You cannot hold anyone else accountable in a partnership if you can’t hold yourself accountable.
What does self accountability look like? Let’s chat about it for a minute.
Well, accountability is defined as “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” (Merriam Webster) Logically then, self accountability would be accepting responsibility for your actions to yourself.
Sound a bit repetitive? It kind of is.
It’s one thing for someone else to say “You didn’t do xyz that you said you would.” It’s something else to admit to yourself “I didn’t do xyz that I said I would.” I’m not talking about guilting yourself for not completing your To-Do list here. I’m talking about specific items.
For instance, as an introvert who is used to keeping things to myself and not speaking in front of others, doing videos is insanely difficult for me. I have to hold myself accountable to actually do a video.
But, today’s world loves videos and so if I want to grow my business and build trust with you, I need to start doing videos. Just publishing this out to the world is a way of keeping myself accountable. You may not come back in a couple of weeks and say “Hey! You never posted a video like you said you would!” But I will know. I will know whether I’ve held up to my own goals.
Now that we’re on the same page about what it is, how do we hold ourselves accountable? We all forget things, so it’s definitely not as easy as just deciding to do something.
We need to write it down. You can write it down on your To-Do List, your goal worksheet, a habit tracker, or even your mirror. It doesn’t matter where you right it down. You just have to write it down somewhere you’ll see it every day!
You hold yourself accountable to something by writing it down and then marking it complete. You need to celebrate your wins! Once I’ve done my first video, I will likely indulge in a sweet treat of some kind. I have a major sweet tooth and this will be conquering a gigantic fear. For some things, I just enjoy being able to check something off of my To-Do List.
Tell your accountability partner or coach as well, but they won’t pester you to get it done. That’s why you write it down somewhere you see all the time. Maybe you write it in several places. You will pester yourself to get it done just so you can stop seeing it all the time! 😉
Self accountability is where it starts. How are you going to hold yourself accountable this week?