How Accountability Transforms Your Future: Insights and Tips

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Accountability is a key ingredient to a thriving future. It’s like a success insurance policy.

When you are held accountable, you take full responsibility and show up. So why do people find it easier to show up for others and bail on themselves?

When you’re tired and on your own, it’s all-too tempting to skip the daily workout you committed to and make an excuse to rest. But if you’ve got a trainer waiting for you, you’ll get up and do something regardless. You have accountability built in.

This year, we decided to beta test a new program, the Abundance Focus System, a system designed to boost focus, productivity and accountability for participants.

Client feedback and results from that have been outstanding (more on that at a later time), however, one of the components we decided to include were 2-part quarterly planning sessions.

First, we walk through the planning process as a group, then Team Abundance meets with each participant 1:1 to review the plan and help fine-tune it for success.

In this article, I wanted to highlight some of the key themes and insights that have come up from these sessions, as some of them will likely be helpful for you as you embark on your journey of personal growth and development.


1. Know what you want and have a plan

Clarity is power. Your conscious mind is a goal setter and your unconscious mind is a goal getter. While your plan can and will likely change over time, you need to have a target to aim for and that target must be crystal clear.

Talking your plans through can help you gain more clarity of your desires, see gaps and fill them.

For example, if you’d like to begin networking more on LinkedIn, it’s key to know why you’re there and what you hope to gain from it. That way you can be more intentional with how you connect with them. Perhaps you’re looking for someone for one of three things: (1) become a client (2) refer business (3) provide a visibility opportunity. When you talk to people, you can decide what category they fit into or if they may be able to help set you up with someone in one of the three categories you’re looking for and direct the direction of the conversation.

Reviewing your end game and plan can also help you identify and anticipate future needs you may want to start preparing for now.

For example, if you’re looking to hire someone or get hired for a position a few months or even a year out, begin making connections that might be the right person or opportunity you’re looking for now or set you up to meet them at the right point in time. Periodically check in with them and add value to them and their lives.

2. Organize your plan

Make a list of all possible steps that need to be taken en route to your goals and intentions. It’s important to have the details and know how they fit together. Then organize it in a logical way in bite-sized chunks so it’s more manageable and know the progress you intend to make each week. This can take time and will be worth it.

For example, if you’re writing a book and you’d like to get a draft of the manuscript done this quarter, the thought might be daunting. However, if you know you’ve got 10 chapters and there are 13 weeks in the quarter commit to completing one chapter each week. That will leave you three weeks as a buffer and all you focus on is what’s required to complete that one chapter each week.

3. If you’ve got a problem you’re looking to solve, have specific criteria for change

Do you know how specifically you will know your problem or challenge has disappeared?

So often people know what they don’t want and don’t identify what they DO want. And if they think they know what they want, it’s not specific enough.

Here’s an example. If you don’t want to be disorganized, you may think simply saying you want to be more organized is enough. It’s not. You need to give yourself more clear and specific real-life guidance to sink your teeth into. What would it look like, sound like and feel like? What would the specific actions be?

If you are organized, you’ll have a calendar and use it every day. You’ll have a plan for the quarter, plans for each week and check to ensure you’re making appropriate progress. If not, you will adjust your plan. You will time block your daily activities in advance and stick to those time blocks. You will speak to your team for 15 mins every morning and 15 mins at end-of-day. You will check your emails at noon and 4pm only and ensure you “close out” your day so you know what’s complete, what’s in progress and what the next steps are.

Your definition may be different from the one above, however, you do need to know what specifically you’ll be doing or not doing that’s different from what you’re doing now so you can begin to put those steps in place.

4. Track your progress

Know your numbers that will help you determine whether or not you’re on the right track or else you will not have the data to make intelligent decisions to stick with the plan you’ve got or course correct moving forward.

5. You must acknowledge the progress you ARE making along the way.

This may seem straight-forward. If you don’t build the success muscle, it won’t know how to work and you’ll keep chasing a dream that when you receive likely won’t be satisfying anyway.

Each day, ask yourself, “what’s good?” and “what progress have I made today?” Take a moment to reflect, celebrate, share it with someone, write it in a success journal or do whatever works for you. Just do something because what you focus on expands.

6. Express yourself.

Face it, you’re a human and humans have emotions. While it’s great to be calm and relaxed, there are times you may feel higher energy emotions like anger, frustration or rage that actually need to be expressed so they don’t build up and become suppressed inside.

You can let it out by going for a hard run, punching a punching bag, crying or even verbally letting it out (just be careful who you’re around when doing this, they may get the wrong idea), doing some deep cleaning like washing a floor on your hands and knees or even scrubbing the baseboards can be helpful.

The point here is that you can’t always journal or meditate your emotions away. You need to express what’s deep within.

7. Get real with yourself.

If you’ve had a goal and have not made progress, you either don’t want it or haven’t been willing to do the work required yet.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek. If your dream or desire is big enough, you WILL have to do things you don’t want to do and that make you highly uncomfortable. Are you WILLING to do them? If not, stop beating yourself up for not moving forward.

Sometimes you spend time focused on one activity and avoid what’s most important.

For example, many people, when starting a business, think they need to have everything set: their messaging, their logo, their website, their packages, etc.

While these are all valuable and important, ultimately profit is the first order of business. And the one thing most new business owners avoid is talking to people and asking them to work with them. You need clints because profit is the first order of business. The website can wait!

8. If you don’t deal with a deep-rooted limiting belief, it won’t just go away.

You have perceptions about who you are, what you think you’re worth, what you’re capable of and how you feel about yourself. If deep down, you have a belief that you’re not good enough, not worthy enough, unlovable, powerless or something along those lines, it won’t matter how much you want something, you’ll find a way to sabotage yourself along the way.

To do this, you’ve got to go several layers deep and face your biggest baggage that’s been weighting you down.

This is something I actually help clients do 1:1 in a personal breakthrough setting. If you’re looking for guidance and feel stuck, I’m happy to have a complimentary consultation with you to see if you might have deep-rooted limiting beliefs holding you back too.