I recently had a lot of reminders of how important accountability can be in achieving our success. Whenever I think about accountability, I think–report card, performance reviews and feelings of being judged quickly pop up. Accountability = something to be avoided!
One of the joys of having my own business is that I am my own boss. I no longer have anyone to report to. But now I truly get the importance of this thing called measurement. I consider myself a very determined person. I set goals for myself and have a regular To Do List. But I can’t honestly say I know where my time goes. How much time am I wasting? Am I doing the right things?
One of my goals is to complete my book in 2010. I decided to align myself with my friend, Yvonne, who lives in another state. Yvonne is also a writer and we made a commitment to get up early each morning and write on our projects. There are many times that the only thing that gets me up early is knowing that she is waiting for my morning email–“Hey, I’m up!” I’m convinced I have made much more progress having an accountability buddy than I would by myself.
I have started working with a new coach, Michelle Pippin. She has turned me on to the importance of being accountable. In one of her blogs, she made the statement of how we are good “at our word” towards other people; but we don’t honor ourselves that way. Wow, that was powerful. I remember times that if I said I would attend a meeting, boy, I would make sure I would be there. But I agree with her–I often slack off on the commitments I make to myself.
As you might know, I have become a leader with WaggleForce, a national network of local career clubs. There are many reasons that job seekers could benefit from joining a career club. One of the important ones is being accountable to each other for our commitments and progress. Accountability works!
So, what about you? Are you ready to make a commitment to yourself for an important goal this year? What experiences have you had with being accountable to someone? I’ve love to hear about your stories!