Merriam-Webster defines accountability as the following:
“the quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions”
Growing up, we learn accountability by force. We learn picking up our toys, or the lack thereof has correlated outcomes, good for the former, not-so-good for the latter. In school, we learn our grades are often a direct reflection of effort.
We get to reap the rewards of positive results (more privileges at home, monetary rewards, college scholarships, etc) and suffer the consequences of negative results (fewer privileges, summer school, less opportunity for continued education).
None of this defines who we are as a person, but simply shows we will be held accountable for the things we do or do not do.
When we turn into grown folk, sometimes we lose sight of how valuable accountability can be outside of our work.
From the time we are born until we move out of our parent’s house, we are told what to do.
Who’s Holding YOU Accountable?
All of a sudden there’s no one to answer to, and it becomes REALLY EASY to slack off in a multitude of areas. It’s never intentional, it’s just what happens.
As life gets busy, things like health and fitness start getting pushed aside and most people have no one in their life to hold them accountable.
The funny thing is all the knowledge is available. Like, all of it.
If you want to improve your nutrition, find an exercise program, lower your blood pressure, learn how to knit a sweater, learn how to make money, build a business, etc, it’s all available online…and WE KNOW IT!
Unfortunately, knowing isn’t doing. I’m sure I could figure out how to change my oil in my car, but I’m not interested in figuring that out.
I’d rather take it to someone who not only possesses more knowledge than me but can take care of it in a fraction of the time.
As a health and fitness coach, the key to long term success for so many of my clients is simply knowing I’m here.
It’s knowing they committed to showing up, doing the work, changing their eating habits…whatever the case may be…and that I will continue to hold them accountable to that change until one of us dies :-)
It’s amazing how powerful it is having someone not just to answer to, but rely upon and seek advice, and help facilitate change when things get challenging.
Even when we KNOW what we’re supposed to be doing, sometimes we just need the extra push and accountability to do it.
There’s a program around these parts called Apex. As a coach, I understand the power of having someone to hold me accountable as well.
Having been in Apex for a while now, the network of people and access to those doing bigger things than me has been crucial in my growth.
Just being around many of these individuals pushes me to demand more of myself and show me what’s possible when I keep showing up and doing the damn work.
So who’s holding YOU accountable? Do you have a workout partner? Do you have someone who will encourage your healthy behaviors? Do you have someone who will knock the bowl of chips off the table because they know you don’t need them, and neither do they??
Do you have someone in your business corner to seek counsel when needed? Do you have someone to make sure you’re making the progress you keep saying you want to make?
Are you truly striving to be the most elite version of yourself in all areas of your life?
If you don’t have someone or some entity in your life to help hold you accountable, you need to correct that quickly. We all think we can do it on our own…until we can’t.
The Apex family is strong, and I know if you’re ready to squash the bullshit excuses and take control of your life once and for all, myself and the other Apex members would love to have you.
Find out more information about Apex HERE, and feel free to hit me up if you have any questions.