5 Sure-Fire Ways to Keep Yourself Accountable

Posted February 17, 2013 by Melissa Foster in Life After Five

Accountability is underrated.

When you set out to create real change in one or more areas of your life, you will likely get in your own way. Real change requires you to navigate the unfamiliar. It’s uncomfortable and, frankly hard at times!

Whether it’s flossing, working out, crushing a project, or starting a company – you will most likely get in your own way along the working journey towards your goal. It’s so easy to “slack off,” Which is cheating yourself.

I’m a coach to individuals who know what they’re going after, and they hire me to make sure that they stay out of their own way. In and of itself, hiring me is an act of securing accountability. However, 9 months ago I implemented a heavy¬†accountability¬†regimen with every client I have. It’s all about keeping the train moving in the right direction at a solid speed.

The result of the amped accountability? My clients experience accelerated growth, hitting their milestones at an impressive rate.

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to mess around, get some accountability in place. You won’t be sorry.

Here are 5 ways to make it happen:

1) Hire a coach.

Hiring a good coach can be a GAME CHANGER. If you decide to go this route, it’s important to work with someone who fully understands the balance of internal vs. external motivating factors. You can’t just do, do, do and expect to achieve permanent change. Staying in close tune with what is happening inside is essential. So, do your homework when hiring. Reach out to coaches who inspire you and set up a conversation with them to further explore if it’s a good fit.

I’m happy to chat with anyone who’d like advice on finding the right coach. Just drop me an email!

2) There’s an app for that!

If you haven’t heard of Lift, you should check it out. It’s a really easy way to keep yourself on track when forming new habits. Wish you drank more water? Flossed daily? Read more? This app will track your progress too!

3) Get an accountability partner.

Know someone who also has some lofty goals? Form an accountability partnership! Meet regularly to discuss how it’s going and see how you can help one another.

4) Organize or join an accountability group.

This is a similar idea to getting an accountability partner except that you’re rallying a group for the sake of getting big things accomplished. The energy that a group creates can be a powerful force for good. Meet once or twice a week and share progress, obstacles, wins, etc.

5) Announce it to the world.

Publicly stating that you’re officially setting out to achieve a specific goal is HUGE. Announce it on social media, and or shoot out an email to friends and family letting them know what you’re up to. People will then be able to offer subtle support, which goes a long way when you’re working hard towards something. Use the world as a source of accountability!


About the Author

Melissa Foster

A productivity consultant for startups founders and entrepreneurs, Melissa Foster is on a mission to help her clients and readers create flow in their lives... and get big things done. A certified life coach, Melissa's hyper-focused, energetic approach is coupled with wisdom, warmth, and wit. You can get more from Melissa by visiting her website.