How do you make yourself more accountable as a driven business person?
Entrepreneurs and business owners spend hours motivating and supporting team members and holding them accountable, in order to achieve success. However, who hold you accountable if you have no shareholders?
I want to share some ideas and concepts that I have come across over the years and would be extremely grateful if via the comments you want to add ideas and suggestions and feedback on the effectiveness of any that are listed below.
Write everything down
As a visual person this comes as second nature, but I can appreciate that many may find this difficult. It also acts as a huge stimulus and a reminder. Writing down everything, from short term action plans, long-term goals, reflective jottings just works for me and my clients. I like to refer to them regularly, which gives me order, focus and motivation.
Although I am a huge fan and advocate of technology, I still write down my daily action plan. Depending on your mindset and process you could consider writing down which goal any given task is helping you achieve.
However, it is also important to be reflective if you do not always achieve that days goals. Look at the why(insert link to why blog) and adjust accordingly.
Any great business will have recognisable milestones that are responsible for their successful growth strategies. When you identify several smaller goals, and commit to hitting each one, it keeps you accountable in terms of the overall success of the end goal.
Reward your accomplishments and milestones
It is in many of us to look at the negative when it comes to self reflection. As an entrepreneur and business owner it is vital to have true reflection and look at both the good and the bad. It critical to the success of both you as an individual and your business to be objective with your reflections. Rewarding yourself for your accomplishments and milestones will recharge and motivate you to continue.
Review your performance
As an entrepreneur, it’s important that you are brutally honest with yourself. In the end, it’s you that is responsible for your success or failure. I’m am constantly reflecting on my performance to identify why things went both well and less well.
If you really want to be held accountable, consistent reflection is the key. Either via yourself, an outside impartial stakeholder or internal staff. A business owner that blames others is destined to fail, because he or she would rather point fingers rather than review their own performance.
Remove the fear.
Never be afraid to ask for help, support. Using the “oh I could not do that as I did not know” will not cut it when being accountable. There is always someone out there that can help you to achieve success. A barrier to being successful is accepting that you don’t always know what you need to know (add link) to be successful and removing the fear and sometimes ego is critical to success.
Smart successful people ask questions because they know it’s the best way to get to the true heart of a matter.
When you say you were too busy to work out this week, what are you really saying?
Chances are you had time to watch Netflix or go out for drinks, so what really held you back? Maybe you were nervous about walking into a new gym.
By asking great questions, you and your accountability coach/specialist can break through invisible barriers.
Be accountable to someone
This person must be someone that won’t fall for your tricks and doesn’t care about your excuses. The problem with picking a good friend for this is that they are typically your friend because they agree with you. Which is why whoever you are accountable to, must be somebody who is no-nonsense. This is a huge aspect of what we do. Clients comment on the knowledge and support we give and that it made them accountable for their actions and behaviours.
Mentors and coaches
As a coach and mentor I also have an individual I rely on to support me with my goals and desires. During my 30yrs plus of supporting people in business and education. I have found having a person to turn to can save both time and money to resolve a situation and return the focus and motivation.
Do you agree with all of these, do you have any that you would be kind enough to share?
August 26th, 2020