Would you like to know one of the best ways to stay on target when you’re chipping away at a long-term goal? Motivating yourself is similar to taking a shower – it doesn’t last so you have to keep doing it every day!
Successful people don’t actually wait to feel motivated or inspired, they take action anyway, and the motivation follows. Accountability works the same way by keeping you on track with the use of mutually agreed deadlines.
When you’re pursuing a side hustle on your own, it can easy to put things off and kick the can down the road. However you’ll be amazed at how far you’ll go (even if it takes the occasional all-nighter) to complete things when you’re accountable to someone else.
Watch the video above to discover how you can use accountability to stay on track with your goals.
To stay on track and motivated, you need to make sure you’ve chosen a meaningful goal(s) by asking yourself:
If you’re able to say "yes" to both of these questions, you can keep yourself on track with accountability by:
Once you choose an accountability partner, whether this is someone you know personally or a coach, staying accountable is a matter of setting tasks that you will complete by an agreed date.
Your accountability partner will then follow up with you at an agreed time and you will report back on your progress and then set your next target. In some cases, you can even choose to put a penalty in place if you don’t complete your task – I’ve actually known people to make a donations to a charity for incomplete tasks.
Staying accountable to yourself is also possible if you’re prepared to be organised and disciplined. You can do this by setting up an activity tracker where you plan out the tasks you need to complete on a daily or weekly basis, and then you mark off whether or not you complete these tasks, and you can also re-phase your tasks if necessary.
In a future post, I’ll show you various options for tracking your activities including online software tools as well as a free version that you can create yourself in Excel or Google Sheets.
Personally, I use a combination of all 3 methods – I track my activity in a software program and then I also have several accountability partners (including friends and coaches) who I review my progress with.
There’s a simple yet powerful saying that explains why accountability works – and that is: what gets measured gets done!
The process of tracking your progress against a plan helps you to develop the drive to keep going – and it feels really good to mark off items as you complete them!
Comment below and let me know if you’ve ever had an accountability partner and how it helped to keep you on track.
To your success,
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