Updated: May 10, 2021
I want to talk a little bit about accountability.
I've been talking to a lot of people recently and I feel like that's one of the top two reasons that people come to me and ask for help. It's either, “I don't know the logistics of starting a business,” “I'm not really sure where to find clients,” or, "I know what I need to do, but I cannot for the life of me hold myself accountable for doing it.”
I think this is really interesting because we’re all people who want to start a business and are willing to put in the work. But I think a big thing that we struggle with is internal motivation and accountability.
So this is something that I'm going to be investigating over the next few weeks, and I'd love to hear from you. What do you do to help hold yourself accountable? Is it hiring a coach - somebody to tell you, “Here's the plan and I'm going to check in with you, and in a week I expect such and such to be done”? Is your partner somebody who helps to keep you accountable? Do you have a group of people that help keep you accountable? Or if you're really good at self discipline and holding yourself accountable, I would love to hear what is working best for you.
I know that there are a lot of people out there who are struggling with this. And I'll tell you guys right now that one of the things that has really helped me is hiring a coach. Right now I have a fitness coach and a nutrition coach. And I'm not a perfect client by any means, but having somebody to talk to about all this stuff has definitely helped me stick to things.
And another thing that has been helping me is an Eat That Frog approach with fitness specifically, but I'm going to be trying to use it in other areas of my life as well. I know that it's important to me to make sure that I'm working out regularly, because I can and will find excuses not to do it even though I have a garage gym and I love lifting and I love working out. As I'm sure a lot of you guys can relate to, sometimes there’s just some excuse for why not to do it.
So today I got up at 4:45 and let myself get ready for my workout without feeling like I was rushing, And typically, my days where I start off by working out are my most successful days. I think this is because I get one thing done that's like a huge hump to get over - the one thing that I know I need to do in order to keep myself healthy and therefore successful in my business is working out and staying active.
So I think that those are like two things that have really helped me with the accountability aspect of things. One, hiring somebody for external motivation and external accountability and two, picking the one thing that's the hardest piece to hold myself accountable to and doing it first.
Like I said before, if you are somebody who excels with accountability, I would love to hear from you as to what it is that you do to keep yourself accountable. And if you're still working on it, as many of us are, if you don't mind sharing what you have going on and if you need help with anything, I’d love to hear that as well.