Holding yourself accountable is one of the keys to getting ahead in life. Of course, this applies to your financial life too — in everything from getting out of debt to achieving your financial goals.
From an actionable perspective, accountability means being doing the things you say you will do — even if no one else would ever know if you didn’t. In other words, holding yourself accountable means recognizing that you are responsible for your own actions and inactions — and then doing something about it.
When you start to hold yourself accountable, it may feel a little painful at first. You may not like some of the things you see, especially if you tend to view yourself as having done things wrong or having made bad decisions in the past.
But try not to let those things get you down, because while we all mess up, not everyone takes responsibility for having done so.
Taking responsibility is a huge step, because it means you can move on to working at making the appropriate changes. As you start to do that, you’ll feel good about yourself, because holding yourself accountable is also a sign of having integrity and respecting yourself.
Almost as a side effect, you’ll then begin to move toward where you want to be. This is because when you have goals and take responsibility for doing what it takes to make them happen, you make progress.
In fact, accountability is an important part of the steps needed to successfully reach a goal. Stepping back regularly and frequently to verify that you’re on track with your statements and goals (and then doing something about it if you aren’t) is a part of the process.
What could you do to hold yourself more accountable? Or do you already have a good system in place?Posted in Setting & Achieving Goals on 01.25.12 with 12 comments.