3 fail-proof steps to personal accountability
Hot take incoming.
As a society, we don’t do a good enough job with the transition from raising children to sending them out into the world as adults.
As an adult, you have to learn to parent yourself. If your parents didn’t teach you to be independent or how to hold yourself accountable, you’re out of luck.
For anyone who didn’t get that training, here’s our quick, 3-step crash course.
1. Humble yourself.
Look, we’re not trying to call you out here. But… it starts with you. You are responsible for your life.
You have to acknowledge that. You have to be honest and transparent with yourself.
The first step towards accountability is to come to the table with total self-awareness. Recognize that
where you are and where you will be is dependent upon your actions--the good, the bad, and the ugly.
2. Surround yourself.
After getting real about where you’re at, find someone who will always keep you in check. The American Society of Training and Development found that you're 65% more likely to be successful with an accountability partner.
During a regular call or coffee date, you can both remind each other of why you set goals in the first place. When you fall off track, they give you a pep talk. When they’re down, you give them words of encouragement. Surround yourself with people who’ve got your back, and the weight of personal accountability will slowly fall off your shoulders.
3. Forgive yourself.
Don’t expect perfection. If (and when) you make a mistake, be kind to yourself. It’s better to have tried and failed than to have not given it a shot at all.
Re-evaluate the situation from a different angle, pray about it, and give it another go. You deserve it.