Accountability can help you grow and achieve your goals
If you're accountable to someone, there's no way you can hide from your goals. When they ask you how it's going, they'll expect an answer. And if you tell them that everything is great, yet the truth is that nothing has been done, then the discomfort of a lie will force you to change.
Accountability forces people to do hard things and stick with them until they're done. It makes sure that people follow through on what they say they're going to do. Because accountability makes sure that everyone follows through on their commitments, it increases the likelihood of success in reaching goals.
Accountability stops you from making excuses
Sometimes, it is easier to make excuses to ourselves than to others. When you skip a workout or don't follow through on a promise, how often do you admit that you made a mistake? Often, we don't take responsibility for our actions and instead make excuses.
To grow as people, we need to honest with ourselves and stop making excuses. We need to be accountable for our own actions if we want to grow as people.
It helps you work through difficult times with a support system
You need a support system. You need people around you, who can listen and contribute to your purposeful growth. Each of us has different challenges—a new business, a bad breakup, or financial pressures tend to bring out the worst in all of us. Having someone to talk to, who you trust and can open up with, is vital for getting through those difficult times.
If you don’t have a support system right now, there are plenty of ways to build one. Consider finding an accountability partner who understands what you’re going through and agrees to check in regularly. Sometimes just having someone in your corner helps make those hard days easier; just make sure that it’s somebody whose encouragement you find inspiring rather than discouraging! You might also consider joining (or starting!) a mastermind group where other like-minded entrepreneurs can provide opportunities for learning and growth together.
It helps you develop the discipline to do hard things
It’s important to understand that no amount of discipline will get you through hard things if you can’t mentally and emotionally prepare yourself.
If all you do is read this article and don’t develop the discipline to do hard things, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: You won’t get very far. Why? Because difficulty is no excuse to give up.
I was able to start doing the really difficult things in life because I took a step back and looked at the bigger picture – my long-term goals, my beliefs, my values.
Join a Mastermind Group
Another popular method of accountability is joining a Mastermind group. These groups can be either online or in person, and usually consist of a small number of people who meet regularly to discuss challenges and successes related to their business. The most common format for these meetings is for each person to give a brief update about what’s going on in their lives, then outline their challenges and goals for the next week. By sharing openly about your progress (or lack thereof), you are more likely to stay accountable to your goals.
But not every Mastermind group is created equal. While it may be beneficial simply being around other people who are committed to growth, it’s important that the members of your specific group have some commonality with you so that they can give you quality feedback and advice throughout the meeting. It might be worth asking someone in your network if they know anyone else who would be interested in starting a mastermind with you.
Spend time with like-minded people
One of the best ways to overcome your challenges and crush your goals is by surrounding yourself with a community of like-minded people.
As humans, we are social creatures who thrive through community. When you surround yourself with supportive individuals, you will be challenged in new ways. They will challenge your thinking, create a strong support system, keep each other on track, discover new ways to succeed and collaborate with a community of like-minded people.