Accountability is something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. We all know that if we say we are going to do something, we should do it. But that’s not always the case, am I right? One of my goals in this coming year is to hold myself more accountable. (Side note: I’ll be sharing some of my 2018 goals soon! I really do love this time of year… I’m always excited for a fresh start, the reminder to reflect on how the past year went, and do a little planning for the new year ahead.)
So let’s talk about accountability today… Am I the worst when it comes to accountability? Surely not, but I know there’s definitely a lot of room for improvement. And to be totally honest, it’s been witnessing the lack of accountability in others that’s made me more mindful about holding myself to my word. We all know those people that don’t always do what they say they’re going to do, and that’s certainly not a trait I want to be known for. Accountability runs the gamut from small things, all the way up to the deep stuff. From the little things to the big things, I want people to know they can count on me.
When it comes to some small things (like making it to a workout class, for example), you can almost always count on me to show up. Something about pre-booking and paying for that class ensures that’s I’m going to be there! (And booking workout classes I enjoy helps, too!) But, say, when it comes to work events, it’s so easy for me to talk myself out of going after a long day. Even when I’ve RSVP’d! To work on this, I know that I a) need to be more discerning when the invites come through. AKA: I need to be better at saying no! Do I actually want to go? Will it be beneficial for me to go? Can I make the time to go? If the answer is yes to all of the above, I think I’ll have a better chance of following through on my word. And the second part of this is holding myself more accountable to commit to the obligations I’ve put on my calendar. Even if “it doesn’t matter if I’m there or not,” I want to adopt the mindset of following through with what I’ve committed to doing.
For bigger picture things, I think accountability mainly comes down to taking responsibility for your actions and situations, both past, present, and future. Are you unhappy with something about your job? A relationship or friendship? Your body? Holding yourself accountable in these scenarios is simply a) taking ownership of the situation and b) taking action to make necessary changes. There’s no sense in sitting around complaining or wishing things were different than they are… Hold yourself accountable to make a change! (And just like we talked about yesterday… You can only control your own actions and reactions!)
For me personally, there have been certain parts of my life that have felt a little bit stagnant lately. But I know I can’t sit around and wait for XYZ to find me. I know I need to do some digging for the reasons these feelings are coming up and make the necessary changes! For some of my grand ideas to come to fruition, I know I need to make a plan and start putting the plan into action, even if it’s just a small step at a time.
In terms of current situations you might be facing, it’s sometimes easy to blame others for how you wound up there. (A breakup, for example.) Unfortunate circumstances happen to all of us, but taking responsibility for your actions that may have also contributed to the outcome is what holding yourself accountable is all about. And of course I don’t mean staying in a dwelling state or blaming yourself for an outcome, but simply being honest about what happened and learning from the situation. How can learn from your current circumstances? How can you grow from the hand you’ve been dealt? How can you do it even better next time?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on accountability, too!