Who holds you accountable?
If you are not accountable to anyone but yourself, chances are you are falling short of your greatest potential.
This is why all truly successful people submit themselves to investing in a coach, trainer or mentor, because they know that when there is a measure of accountability, they will perform at higher levels than without it.
This is true for fitness and weight loss, as well as business productivity and sales. Human nature tends to cause us to get comfy with ourselves when there is no one we have to report to.
Just look at the results around you of so many people who became complacent over the Covid-19 quarantine. Maybe you didn’t catch the virus, but did you somehow acquire an extra “19” pounds during the pandemic?
You’re not alone.
From the time we are young, our parents and teachers set rules and guidelines we must abide by and when we fall out of line, we are held accountable with certain consequences. Once we mature, we enter the workforce, and we have a boss that gives us responsibilities and deadlines we must answer for. If we don’t we lose the job.
Some people thrive in an environment of forced accountability. You have your straight A students and the “perfect” obedient child who seems to do everything right.
The biggest struggle comes when no one is holding you accountable.
What happens when you leave the nest and there’s no parent or teacher giving you rules, homework or other expectations? Or, what about when you decide to leave the workforce to pursue a life of entrepreneurship? You no longer have that “boss” telling you to get those sales calls done, or imposing deadlines on you that give you a specific guideline to follow to meet the company’s objectives.
Now you’re one your own. What are you going to do?
That’s why accountability, whether 1 on 1 or in a group setting is such a huge key to success. With the right responsibility in place, you will not allow yourself to slip backwards into the abyss of average…the menagerie of mediocrity.
Here are 6 reasons why accountability is so important to your success:
1. Generates Commitment.
When we put ourselves in a scenario of having to answer to someone else, it activates a sense of responsibility that often doesn’t exist otherwise. This is true for many different aspects of our lives, whether it applies to education, business or fitness.
2. Increases Productivity.
People who have some sort of accountability in place are twice as productive than those who answer to no one. When you know you must report back to someone, it will instill a feeling of responsibility within you that pushes you to do more than if you didn’t have someone to answer to.
3. Builds Confidence.
With added levels of productivity as mentioned in the last section, you will begin to feel a sense of accomplishment because you will be making more progress in life and business the more consistent you become. Increased productivity ultimate leads to a greater sense of confidence and self-worth.
4. Strengthens Relationships.
If you have ever been a part of an accountability group, you will notice a comradery that exists as you align yourself with like-minded individuals who have similar goals. You will create relationships that can be impactful to your life and business, and sometimes those friendships can last a lifetime.
5. Encourages Goal Setting.
There is no reason for accountability if you don’t have any goals. When you make a decision to be accountable, a necessary part of that is creating objectives with deadlines, and having a consequence in place if you don’t meet the goal.
6. Expands Your Network.
We all know that your “network is your net-worth,” so if you can put yourself in a high-level accountability group, then you will be surrounded with other elites you can look up to, as well as potential clients you may be able to serve one day.
Remember if you keep doing what you’ve been doing, then you will continue getting what you’ve been getting. So, if you already have iron-man like discipline that never fails you, no matter what trial or temptation comes your way, then maybe this article isn’t for you.
But if you’re one of the millions of people in the world struggling to stay on track with your key objectives and goals, then you need to find a way to be held accountable. There are many options for this, you can hire someone as a 1 on 1 coach, or you can join a group accountability system.
You can start small with something as simple as the G-code app that gives you a place to come back to and report on your day. Or if you need a higher level of accountability, then you should look into joining the Apex group.
Just start SOMEWHERE.
You’ll empower yourself to build the future you really want. you can ALWAYS benefit from surrounding yourself with other people who will encourage you to level up. It’s a never-ending process of progression.