Definition : the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. (Webster’s Dictionary, 2013)
If you want to be successful in anything there are a few steps that you need to take. First, admit it your goal. Second, write it down. Third, tell someone else so they can keep you accountable. Many of us move through this process with grocery lists all the time. We look in the refrigerator and see we are almost out of milk, almond milk in my home, and say, “Hmm, I need to get some milk, let me write that down. “ Then if you are anything like me, you turn to someone else and say, “Hey, remind me to get some milk.” We also use things like to do lists, reminders on our phones, but there is nothing like another human being.
Jennie Craig, has used the accountability process to boost client success.You can be accountable to others who have worked through their weight loss goals and found success in being open and saying, “I need more than just a calorie counter app on my phone.” Sometimes, we need a big push or pat on the back for accomplishing something that was very difficult.
In my journey, I have found that it is imperative to have daily accountability practices in my spiritual growth, as well as my entrepreneur efforts. I have a team of accountability partners and iPhone applications for both areas.
The YouVersion bible application is the first app I look at in the morning.(Yes, you can resist the urge of checking your email and social media sites; you just have to want to.) I have selected 3 devotional plans to read to make sure I get my spiritual food in the morning. Once I have finished reading, I forward the devotions via email to a few of my spiritual brothers and sisters. This is how I make sure I put God first, giving him my first fruit. If I forget the application with remind me by a little ding. My family of faith will also remind me, the difference is the application cannot talk to me and give me words of encouragement according to my situation.
Then I go to my Top 3 app were I list out the task that have the greatest priority in my day and email it to Kibibi Springs. Given that each day goes as planned I can check off each item as I go through the day and email when I have finished. But in the event “life happens” I can change my list and push things to later on in the week. Now, the application alone will allow me to do this at will but that is where Kibibi comes in. If I have been putting off a particular task like exercising for three days. She will call me on it and remind me that I have to make time if I want to be successful.
Remember if you want to be successful it is going to take time to learning how to discipline yourself. Your accountability partners should be people you respect to be candid with you and can push you with out turning into drill sergeants. You should own your success; they are there to support you through it. And most importantly return the favor.