Is accountability overrated?
Of course the answer to that question is no. Why do you think cheerleaders exist?
On a personal note, I need constant cheerleaders in my life to keep me motivated and accountable towards my lofty goals.
This past weekend in Nashville I spent with one person in my life that I realized, after our marathon hangout, is a cheerleader for me.
After a filling Sunday Brunch at a local bar and grill we ended up walking nine blocks down to the Cumberland River and talking for hours.
While our conversation covered a range of topics, my main realizations were that our personalities are similar. We are both believers in impossibilities and have unique goals we are willing to go for with everything we have.
My Sunday Funday ended up not only being a relaxing day to hang out with a great friend, but also a personal refresher. My resolve to keep reaching for success and connect with others to keep me accountable was renewed. Which is the next step after completing 4 steps to creating a surefire action plan.
Keep in mind as you search for an accountability partner that not everyone in your life is meant to hear about your dreams and goals. Negativity is a huge red flag; if there are people you know who will put down your dreams and try to persuade you to “reality”, they shouldn’t be a part of your journey to success.
3 tools you can use to keep yourself accountable
There are several online tools you can use to keep yourself accountable. Some of these I’ve found because of S.J. Scott and his fantastic site DevelopGoodHabits.com. His eBook: 77 Good Habits to Live a Better Life is available in exchange for your email address. Plus it’s chocked full of great tips to get you well on your way to creating good habits.
I use two main apps to keep myself accountable. On my iPad I have installed the Keynote app which is useful for the creation of beautiful PowerPoint-link presentations. Writing down my goals for the year and putting them into sub-categories on a slideshow makes them look appealing. Once my goals are written down I can view the slideshow daily to remind myself what I set out to do.
The other app I recommend for accountability is Lift. You can use it to create your goals and track them along the way. Others can comment and give you props to keep you encouraged. The app will even notify you by email or push notification if you fall off track. You can find and follow me here! It’s been a great resource plus feedback from others helps keep me accountable.
What tools do you use to keep yourself accountable? Share your tips in the comments below!