Let's talk accountability...
Have you ever written down a list of goals you wish to achieve (or daily tasks) and thought “Tomorrow is the day!” and suddenly, tomorrow comes and you just… give up? Well, you’re not alone.
There are many people who can relate to this and there are many reasons as to why motivation and enthusiasm decreases. This could mean you don’t feel the pressure of a deadline, you aren’t sure what to do or you aren’t sure how to actually get started. The reasons are endless but whatever you decide to do, there will always be consequences. Therefore, you need to hold yourself accountable for the decisions you make. You need to take responsibility for your actions.
Here are some strategies you can follow to hold yourself accountable…
- Attitude adjustment
We don’t live in an ideal world, there are rarely perfect circumstances and there are plenty of things that are not in our control. However, you still have a chance to beat the odds and make good decisions within your current circumstances. In order to adjust your attitude, you need to acknowledge that every choice has a consequence and investing in yourself is important and it’s worth the time and effort.
- Pen to paper
Once you have decided you are worth the effort, time and energy and you are committed to change, you have to figure out what you want to achieve. You can’t hold yourself accountable without knowing what the objectives are. Taking the time to figure out what you want to accomplish has an impact on how you approach each task. Having a general goal is not enough, you need to put pen to paper and write those goals and ideas on paper.
It’s time for action! But before you begin, think about what stands in your way and come up with strategies that can help you overcome or bypass those situations. For many, procrastination is a huge problem, as well as discipline. Before you create a strategy on how you wish to go about achieving your goals, you need to get rid of all possible distractions.
- Call a friend
You are the only one who can be held accountable for the choices you make but that does not mean you cannot reach out to a friend for a bit of support now and then. Asking for help is not always easy but surrounding yourself with people who have your best interests at heart can give you a boost in morale and help you keep going when you feel like giving up.
We hope these strategies help you crush your goals and we hope that you realise that holding yourself accountable is better than shifting the blame.
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