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The Trick To Achieve More Success – Holding Yourself Accountable

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Holding Yourself Accountable

Have you failed to achieve your goals before? I believe most of us had. When we set a goal, we need to create an action plan to guide us towards our goals. However it is common for us to fail when we failed to follow through our action plan.

If you set a goal to lose 20 lbs in 2 months time. In order to achieve that, you need to create a 2 months action plan and stick to it. Your action plan consist of exercising 5 days a week and have a cheat meal only once a week. However you skip your daily exercises and have extra cheat meals, which means it is now highly unlikely for you to achieve your goals. In order to achieve your goals, following through your action plan is the key to success. So what can you do to increase the chances of you sticking to your plan?

Accountability

The definition of accountability is to be responsible for your action. Being accountable for our goals can help us to increase our chances of achieving it. I think most of us set goals in private and do not dare to share it with others. This may be due to shyness or fear of the possibility of others mocking at our goals. But keeping our goals to ourselves may be our biggest mistake that caused us to fail. If we are really scare to declare our goals publicly, the more we should do it. Why? It is because doing this will allow us to use fear to our advantage.

Once our goals are known to the public, it will make us fearful of what they will say to us when we do not achieve our goals. Either way, fear is going to be present regardless whether you are sharing your goals with them or not. So why not use fear to your advantage?

My Story

If you have been reading my articles for awhile now, you should know that I did a 30 days challenge which I had publicly announced it in this blog. I had doubts about announcing my 30 days challenge publicly. There are a lot of “what if” questions and self doubts popping out in my mind. Thoughts such as what if I failed, what if no one read my blog after my failure and etc.

After my internal battles, I decided to just go ahead and announce my challenge publicly as this will help me to hold myself accountable for my actions. This means there is a higher possibility to achieve my goals and in the same time the challenge will provide content for my blog.

After my announcement, I knew that I need to be accountable for my actions. I need results to show to my readers and that is why I worked harder. I also gained the extra strength to drag myself to complete my workouts even when I do not feel like doing it. At the end of my 30 days challenge, I achieved a healthier body and there was also an increase in traffic to my blog.

Most of my “what if” never realized and instead I got the results that I am happy with. I came to the conclusion that by holding yourself accountable for your results, you will be able to tap into your deepest potential and draw out the extra energy to help you achieve your goals.

How To Be Accountable For Your Goals

Being accountable for your goals means that you will need others to know about it so that they can keep a look out on you. Here are some ways you can use to help you to be accountable for your goals.

1. Blog

If you have a blog, you can follow what I did in my 30 days challenge. Post your goals on your blog and set a deadline. Try not to set a deadline that is too long away(30 days preferably). I found that it is hard to achieve goals that seems so far away. If you have big goals that cannot be achieved in short term, break it out into smaller goals.

2. Forum

There are lots of self help forums that you can join. You can post your goals there and tell everyone in the forum what you are going to achieve and when you will achieve it. This can help to hold yourself accountable for your results. You can try Steve Pavlina’s forum.

3. Accountability Partner

I currently have an accountability partner. I met up with one of my friends recently and we sat down together and set some goals for the month of May. The deadline is around one month from now and we also have punishments or rewards in place if we succeed or fail to achieve our goals. I find this method motivating and I can’t slack off because someone is always keeping a close watch on me.

Find someone you can work well with and set some goals together. Spur each other on and prepare the rewards and punishments. This is a great way to keep yourself accountable and motivated. Doing this will help you to greatly increase your chances of achieving your goals.

Parting Words

It can be frustrating if you constantly fail to achieve your goals. Set your goals and do it differently this time round. Be accountable for your goals by announcing it publicly through forums, blogs or find an accountability partner. Once you are accountable for your goals, you will unleash your hidden potential and find the extra strength to help you achieve it.

To your success,
Vincent

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14 Responses to “The Trick To Achieve More Success – Holding Yourself Accountable”

  1. Kristen says:

    You are so right! Accountability is KEY! Even if you are already productive, you will be more so if you are accountable, it’s just human nature! I write a alot about accountability and inspired action in my blog and those 2 things make a huge difference in the success rates of my coaching clients!

    Thanks for your great posts!

  2. Vincent says:

    @Alex,

    I believe it may be due to social pressure that they agree but deep down inside they don’t really want to do it. You had wrote a great article and thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Vincent

  3. Alex says:

    so true about putting your goals out there to be accountable and stick to them.

    i think the main reason people never get anything done is because they don’t make the choice to actually do it.

    there’s a very big difference between saying you’ll do something and actually wanting to do it. often i’ll suggest that my friends join me on an adventure or road trip or detour and they say, “yeah” because it sounds cool and they think they should but they don’t actually want to do it, or maybe they do – but they don’t make the decision.

    wrote a post about it – http://www.unleashreality.com/why-you-never-get-anything-done

    awesome stuff
    alex

  4. I quite agree, Vince. I apply the same strategy in my blog. Thanks for responding so rapidly to my comment.

  5. Vincent says:

    Hi Dimitar Nikolov,

    You are welcome. I believe personal development tips should be simple too. Tips that are too complicated will cause others to procrastinate on using them. Don’t you agree. 🙂

    Cheers
    Vincent

  6. Holding yourself accountable is the first step to realizing that your own life is in your own control. It’s a result of each step you have taken in the past, the ones you’re currently making and the ones you’re about to make in the near future.

    Thanks for the great and thoughtful article once again, Vince! It’s always great to read some easy-to-apply personal development tips!

  7. Vincent says:

    Hi Positively Present,

    It will be great if we can hold ourselves accountable but getting others involved will normally increase our chances of following through.

    Hi Jens,

    With all eyes on you and so many people supporting you, it will be hard not to jump out of that door. Am I right? 🙂

    Cheers
    Vincent

  8. Jens Upton says:

    Hiya

    I also believe it’s useful to have friends, peers or mentors to be accountable to in helping you achieve goals.
    I remember parachute jumping solo from a plane for charity. It was the idea that so many people had offered money, that helped shift my worried self out of that door into the sky. It was a great experience and I enjoyed it more than I expected.

    Thanks
    Jens

  9. This is SO true. I really feel like blogs, putting out there what you want to do to a group of people, or even just telling someone else holds you accountable for your actions. It would be great if we could all just hold ourselves accountable without help, but I think there’s no reason not to use it if it’s there. Great post!