A chat about Accountability
A few weeks ago, I wrote about giving ourselves permission. About the need to be flexible in challenging life circumstances.
That occasionally it is necessary to change what our path to success looks like in the short term.
It was one of my first posts, it's neat to look back at the developing voice.
When we develop a plan, it can feel like we are declaring to the universe, "Here I am and here is what I am going to do!".
In making that statement, we can feel powerful and purposeful.
And that feels great! Who doesn't love knowing how and why they are striving towards what they want?
We start out all full of intentions with a shiny way forward!
Yes! We've got this!
But then life.
Cold and flu season, allergy season, raising-children season, bought a new puppy season, co-worker broke their arm and you have to pull more weight season, and the hits just keep on coming.
Sometimes it is as simple as you are out of milk and can't make a good cup of tea that can feel like nuclear holocaust!!!.
This is where we move beyond intentions.
When we accept that flexibility keeps us moving towards our desired outcome, we allow room for greater growth.
Permission allows us to create a gentler way forward.
It allows us to use our strengths as they are meant to be used in coordination with reality.
Since our gifts and talents are unique, our path needs to also be unique to bring our special offering to the world.
Along with permission for flexibility, there is another important factor that leads to productivity: Accountability.
Accountability is a way through the feeling that life is pulling you off track.
When the world seems overwhelming (you really wanted that cup of tea), accountability keeps you in motion.
Without accountability, the way forward is just a way static.
Our unique path can be sustainable and lovely, but it won't grow by itself.
There needs to be action steps.
They can be teeny tiny steps (which, in times of stress, often feel like mountains), but they are steps.
Accountability holds us to motion.
How do you build accountability into your plan?
At Life Coach Online, when we work together, we individualize accountability in our sessions. But I will give you a peek at what I do.
What does a coach do to stay accountable?
Personally, I also have a coach who challenges me to keep producing.
I also have accountability people in my life (thanks!) to whom I report my awesomeness and struggles. This check in keeps my way forward active.
They hold me to my intentions. They celebrate the motion.
I also love making lists (type-A deliciousness).
Who doesn't love pretty stationary?
There is something so satisfying in crossing off a to-do item.
I have a special list compiled for compromised days, when flexibility is necessary and even getting out of bed is celebrated (huzzah!).
As a product of my generation, I work well with external praise so I reward myself for steps taken (like a gold star for adults. A+ Andrea).
Those are my first-line accountability steps.
What does accountability look like for you?
How do you best keep moving forward when life gets tough?
Leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you.
Wishing you a beautiful week forward,
Tea-loving awesomeness. Challenging perfectionism.