I received an email today which started:
"Consider the implication of this idea...
What would happen if I were to follow you with a camera crew 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the next 100 days while you went for your goals?
I bet 3 things would happen....
1) You would START doing the things you say you need to do.
2) You would STOP doing the things you know you shouldn't be doing.
3. You would MAKE monumental performance gains and change your life.
This is ALL possible through the discipline of accountability.
Accountability serves and protects your character, credibility and commitments as it ensures that what you want to accomplish gets accomplished.
The problem however is that the lack of accountability is one of the biggest constraints you have which prevents goal achievement.
You see, throughout every area of your life it's important to acknowledge that ALL unfinished goals, projects and relationships are the result of broken promises, unfulfilled commitments, and lack of accountability."
It's true. It's easy to get excited about an idea but following through with the nitty-gritty involves work (four letter word!), planning, investment of time and money plus all importantly, stepping-up to do what you said you would do.
It's easy to have ideas in our mind, play around with them, make a few calls, do some research online but we have to be committed to make ideas become plans and plans become action. This is where accountability comes in.
Once you have shared those ideas and plans with someone else, they can keep you onboard with your plans. Check whether you have carried out each step. If not, ask you why not? You could ask a friend to make you accountable but will they be hard with you or buy your excuses?
That's where a personal coach or the support of a mastermind group makes the difference which is worth the investment several times over. One or more people who want you to succeed, who will give you practical advice and keep your boat steering in the right direction, even when the wind tries to blow you somewhere else. Distractions, other ideas which pop up, comments from negative people.
If you don't have someone holding you accountable, I fear your ideas will never become tangible.
©Antonia Harrison 2010 from Personal Development in the 21st Century . Antonia Harrison is the English Hypnotherapist and coach in Belgium and Personal Development speaker giving workshops to groups and companies.