I don’t know about you, but I have so many ideas running through my head on a daily basis, I don’t’ know what to do first. I am very driven, but I tend to start more than one thing at a time and then I find it hard to finish all of them. Over the years I have learned various ways to deal with that but being accountable to someone for my actions and my goals was the most effective. One of the most critical things that as entrepreneurs we all need to do is make sure we are accountable. Having an accountability system and an accountability partner is one of the main things that will contribute to your success.
Why is being accountable so effective? Accountability eliminates the time and effort you spend on distracting activities and other unproductive behaviors that keep you from hitting your goals. When you make yourself accountable for your actions, you’re teaching yourself to value your business. Having an accountability partner can not only help increase your productivity and increase your skills but also your partners.
The purpose of accountability is for an individual to agree to be committed to someone for their activities and accept responsibility for them. When you take that responsibility for your actions, it will help to make changes in the way you have been doing things or to stop doing the things that have been keeping you from moving forward.
For example, if you are a sales representative for a corporation, your manager wants to know how much business you are going to close and how many calls and appointments you are going to set in order to hit that goal. If you are in your own business and you are selling a product or service, do you know how many people you have to talk to and how in order to sell a certain amount of product and how much you need to make daily, weekly and at the end of the month?
Instead of having a manager you can find an accountability partner and help one another. Learn to manage yourself by making yourself accountable for how you are spending your time. Start by working on one thing at a time. I learned by concentrating on one idea at a time the faster you will get it done and the more effective you will be. I know this is easier said than done, but the quicker you can learn to do that the easier it will be to get your tasks done.
Accountability leads to success. Commitment and consistency are essential. If you fall off track, it is o.k. But don’t stop keep moving. Great leaders know it’s important to reward their team for hitting their goals. It’s o.k. for you to reward yourself for small wins along the way. Once you find your accountability partner and get your accountability system started, you will start hitting your goals and find that you will be less stressed out as you are doing it.