Do you feel stuck and unmotivated? Maybe you feel constantly disorganised and struggle to achieve what you set out to do? You can blame your organisation skills or outside factors, but how much of it is down to your unwillingness to take responsibility for your own life… an unwillingness to hold yourself accountable for your own actions?
Holding yourself accountable for your actions, enables you to take responsibility for how your day progresses. It also gives you the means to change bad habits and improve on new resolutions and goals. Use these ten ideas to help you take control of your life… and ensure you’re in charge!
#1: Avoid distractions
Ensure you keep your focus on the task at hand. Set a timer for a set time and focus on nothing but that task until the timer goes off.
#2: Don’t make excuses
Don’t blame outside factors for your under-achievements, look at how you can make it right and achieve what you set out to do.
#3: Set yourself mini goals
If you easily get overwhelmed, look to break larger tasks into smaller chunks.
#4: State your aims
Clearly list what you want to achieve and let others know too!
#5: Look at your achievements
Don’t just look at your “to do” list for your achievements, but also look at what you’ve learnt and who you’ve met etc.
#6: Be disciplined
Be strict with both yourself and your time.
#7: Ask yourself the hard questions
If you’re not achieving your goals, be prepared to ask yourself why. What are you doing (or not doing) that is preventing your achievement?
#8: Take responsibility for the outcomes – both good and bad
It’s easy to take credit when things go right… but it can be harder to take ownership of things when they’re going bad.
#9: Get feedback
Be prepared to ask for feedback from your colleagues and friends.
#10: Be honest with yourself
If you don’t take responsibility for your life and hold yourself accountable, there will always be a reason why you haven’t achieved something, why you can’t do something. Make a decision to hold yourself accountable… and move both yourself and your business forward.
What tactics do you use to hold yourself accountable? Have you found something that works especially well for you, when you’re feeling stuck or find yourself making excuses? Why not share your accountability strategies with us, by leaving a comment below?
10 excellent tips, Jo. Thanks for those.
For me, my energy, discipline and focus is deeply affected by the state of my Daily Spiritual Practice; I’m a chanter, ( Pagan/Buddhist or Buddhist/Pagan – whatever. )
Practice REGULAR, in rhythm with Universe etc, morn + eve, at least 30 mins chanting = 1hr a day, set in a brief ritual ? Then I am energized, focused, on top form and enjoying it all! Whooppee!! The Daily Practice is the rock all else is built upon. It is also a Mirror through which we can honestly observe ourselves, see what’s what, and Take Responsibility.
Practice a bit WOBBLY, despite best intentions? Even missed sessions! ( Late home-comings from event, late starts, out of Rhythm, schedule too full etc – slack & easily distracted. ) Achievement noticeably drops, in some disarray, and feel frustrated with myself ( ‘Could do better.’ Remember that on school reports? )
SOLUTION? Keep Daily Practice regular, don’t miss! This is multi-path by the way, there are many ways to connect with Source through forms of meditation. Just choose one & do one, and make it a regular habit.
How to connect with the Divine? Just turn up. Just sit down and from the sincere heart, do your thing. And when you show, so does She. ( Knock, and the door shall be opened…) And allow yourself to Enjoy it ALL!
Bit of a long tip, Jo. Hope that’s OK. But this is what gets me going and keeps me keepin’ on!
Many Blessings, one & all!
Thanks so much for the tip Diana.
Thats great! Love the rhythm you’ve shared
Thanks for the tips, Jo. I’ll save them where I can read them from time to time.
You’re welcome Pedro! Hope you’re well wherever in the world you are these days. Brazil?