Holding ourselves accountable is one of the most important things we can do
As an entrepreneur I have to motivate my team, solve problems, and keep in touch with my clients all the while holding myself accountable.
If I didn’t hold myself accountable it would be hard for anything to get done. I know this is most likely similar for everyone.
We all have goals we set for ourselves and if we can’t take any responsibility for getting those done then we are at a loss.
One of the ways I hold myself accountable is that I ask myself what I have done the previous day to move everything forward.
I tend to actually ask myself questions like that throughout the day.
It’s not as simple as me sitting down and asking myself, “well, what have I done to move ahead today?”
Instead, before I make decisions I usually ask myself, “Is this going to push me forward, backward, or keep me stationary?
This is an important question because this allows me to measure where my actions are going to leave me in regards to my goals.
Something I typically do is I will go down to the coffee shop with my wife and we will usually spend an hour and a half chatting.
Is that going to move us forward?
Typically, it actually does. We work really great together and can learn a lot from each other. We bounce ideas off each other all the time. That’s something useful for me.
However, recently a few nights ago I realized something. It was around 10 o’clock and I was just done for the day and tired.
So, as I was settling down for bed I thought maybe I should watch a movie.
I put on Transformers (I love that movie) and found that 10 minutes in I was…bored.
I thought about it and I realized that watching this movie wasn’t going to move me forwards or backwards. It was only going to rob me of sleep.
So, I turned it off.
It is quite interesting noticing how this method I have been using has changed my mindset.
It helps me chase after my goals because I am able to determine what I am benefiting from and what is holding me back.
Choosing to get a goods night sleep is going to me forward while staying up late to watch movies might move me backwards.
This has taught me to hold myself accountable for my actions.
Taking responsibility is hard for a lot of people. I’ve noticed that most people actually vanish when I make them accountable.
I think this has to do with the appeal of procrastination, laziness, and settling for what you have.
It’s so easy to kick your feet up, relax, and settle for what you have no then it is to work towards goals.
However, I think by giving a technique like this a shot you will realize working towards holding yourself accountable and your goals become a little easier.
Comment down below what you do to take more responsibilities for your growth?
Steve Goodall is a full-time digital nomad and an Iron Maiden fan who has spent the last 30 years working with business owners in driving company growth, restructuring internal operations and providing full consultancy on all platforms including branding, outreach, and marketing. Talking business is his THING… so connect with him on LinkedIn.