Talking about accountability might seem as simply referring to holding others responsible for their achievements as well as of their mistakes. However, when we talk about personal accountability, things don’t seem that clear anymore. Personal accountability is a mindset, a perspective we must learn how to develop, believing that we are fully responsible for every action we take and the consequences each brings, both positive and negative. Once we learn to hold ourselves accountable for our own victories and failures, our personal and professional goals will seem more realistic and achievable. Here we have some tips on how you can start this journey.
- Write down your goals and objectives. Many of us might struggle with overthinking our goals and objectives, whether they are short-term or long-term goals. Just because we think about them doesn’t necessarily mean we are focused on achieving them. Having a list of goals and objectives can be a great way to start working towards their achievement. Having a visual aid to help us stay motivated, plus the rewarding feeling of crossing them off will be enough to boost our morale and keep us active.
- Create your life’s mission statement. This is a strategy that has helped many companies stay true to their values, but that not many people apply for themselves. However, creating our personal mission statement is a great way to keep us focused and motivated, remembering what it is that we want to achieve. A personal mission statement doesn’t have to be a long and complex one. As long as it defines you as a person and defines what you are working towards on a daily basis, it will work.
- Reward yourself for your accomplishments. One may think that, in order to achieve our goals, we need to work constantly and without breaks, only stopping once we’ve reached each one of them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Giving ourselves a treat once we have accomplished something, whether it is one of our long-term goals or a micro-goal, is more than necessary. Every step we take, no matter how big or small, is a step taken towards achieving our goals, and each step of the way matters.
- Review and improve your own performance. There will be, of course, times on which we might feel like we didn’t accomplish anything during a given day, week, or season. There will be times, too, on which we may feel unsatisfied with the way we accomplished one of our objectives. Reviewing our own performance regularly will help us develop a critical and objective perception of what we are doing well and what we can improve, without having to feel like we are failing.
“The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life
is the moment you can change anything in your life.”