Do you hold yourself accountable for the way things turn out? Or are you just a victim of circumstance?
Like everyone else, you want to succeed. You want great results. Holding yourself accountable is a critical aspect of success. It means that you are the owner—the author—of your life.
Read more to learn the power of holding yourself accountable.
Hold Yourself Accountable
A key to exceptional outcomes or results is holding yourself accountable for the way things turn out.
You can choose to be accountable and be the “author of your life,” or choose to be unaccountable and be a victim. An accountable person acknowledges or seeks to understand the reality, tackles the task or problem, takes ownership of it, and finds a solution. In contrast, someone with a victim attitude avoids or fights reality, blames, makes excuses, waits, and hopes things will improve. An accountability approach shapes the outcome, while a victim approach doesn’t. Either attitude becomes a habit.
The best way to hold yourself accountable is to find an accountability partner—a mentor, peer, or coach who will:
- Provide honest, objective feedback on your performance
- Expect you to improve
- Brainstorm with you and offer expertise
Research shows that accountability leads to better results—in one study, people who wrote down their goals were almost 40% more likely to achieve them. In addition, those who not only wrote down their goals but also sent progress reports to friends were 77% more likely to achieve them.
An accountability partner will help you hold yourself accountable, staying on track and improving your productivity.
You can either hold yourself accountable or be a victim of circumstance. The choice is yours.
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