Being More Accountable in Life
Being more accountable in life is not always comfortable. Accountability is responsible for the success you see and don’t see in your life right now. It is about being responsible and taking the initiative to lead and live the life you want. It’s about owning up to your faults and recognizing that the decisions you make and the actions you take either have a negative or positive outcome on you and others around you. Finally, accountability is the understanding that only you and you alone are responsible for your actions and have what it takes to be successful.
The following are five tips to help you be more accountable in life to achieve more:
Be Committed and Keep Track
To be more accountable, you must commit to being aware of your actions and keep track of them. Create to-do lists each morning, add deadlines to your calendar and end each night with a quick evaluation. Take note of what you feel you did wrong and right and where you believe you need to improve. Then, record it, and keep track of it in a journal just as you register your calorie count while dieting.
Identify Your Why
Create a personal mission statement and identify the main reasons why you want to be accountable. For example, what goals do you see yourself achieving, and why are they so important to you? What are your life values and desires?
Before you make any moves, have your reason why written down clearly and understandably. Then, use it as inspiration and motivation to make good decisions and the right actions each day. The more you understand why you are doing something, the better you can improve or adjust. It is also a way to keep yourself mindful and self-aware.
Take a moment to visualize what your life would look like if you decided to give up and let other people control your life? What kind of daily consequences do you have to deal with? Then take a moment to reflect on what actions you can do to avoid it. When you understand, see and deal with the struggles related to your lack of discipline, the more likely you are to take responsibility instead. Why would you add daily stress to your life when you can take accountability and change it instead?
Follow Daily Routines
Create a realistic routine and schedule that allows you to keep track and more aware of your actions and daily decisions. This way, you have fewer chances of making a mistake. Following set routines can give you the tools you need to stay on track, just like a business plan for a new company.
Evaluate and Reward Yourself
Evaluating the impact of your actions is vital to improving yourself. Without mindfulness, you won’t be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Use this time to reward yourself, and don’t be too harsh about your failures. You are human, and even those who try to fail. The difference is they get right back to it and try again.
Through these tips, you can see that accountability requires discipline, mindfulness, and a clear understanding of one’s goals and desires to be successful.