Creating New Success Habits is about ACCOUNTABILITY!

Powerful Success Habits in 21 Days – PSH 21

Day #2

Accountability is an essential principle.

For any society to function and for any person to perform at their highest and best accountability is key.

Think of all the ways you are accountable each day – you speed or break a law, you will have a consequence if caught; you leave late for an appointment, you will be late; you behave a certain way, you get a particular response – most of the time!  We couldn’t exist without accountability.

In creating new habits, we’re going ‘against the grain.’  As humans we don’t gravitate easily towards change.   Accountability – basically being responsible for your actions (or no actions) makes daily commitments more reliable.  Support groups are effective to the extent that accountability is part of the expectations.

In this Success Habits in 21 Days Program accountability is being used for a specific purpose:  motivation.  I know from personal experience of having  a coach/accountability partner, I get more done, more consistently when I have to report in to someone at a specific time!   From professional experience as an executive coach, without a doubt accountability works every time.

To be an effective source of motivation, there’re certain guidelines that must be followed.

Basic Guidelines of Accountability:

  • An attitude of Service:  to be a great accountability partner, you have to want to do it;  a desire to be of service is a key ingredient.   Wanting the very best for your partner is essential.  Wanting to do everything you can to help them stay on task is equally important.  Your partner will respond at a higher level if they’re motivated by your genuine interest and desire to see them succeed.
  • NON-JUDGMENT:  No matter what goes on with daily action items, it is not our role as an accountability partner to make any judgments about why something wasn’t done, or about our partner.  Think of being judged – TOTALLY demotivating!
  • Consistency:  Stick to the agreements of the partnership.  If you agree that you will be in touch with your accountability partner to give an update – do so.  And if you don’t  hear from your partner, reach out to them.  Create an agreement about what the ‘consequence’ will be if action is not taken as committed.  And what ever is agreed to should be invoked.  Hold your partner accountable!  This is the whole point.

Some additional and necessary characteristics of an excellent accountability partner for this program:

  • Integrity (confidentiality is crucial)
  • Curiosity and interest in meeting new people
  • Commitment to self-improvement
  • Excellent ‘listening’ skills

I strongly recommend that you adhere to these guidelines and come to an agreement with your accountability partner about:

  • Frequency of contact – each person is responsible for checking in with their partner
  • Clarity on daily actions committed to
  • Consequences for IF action is not taken
  • Reward for when you’ve successfully created your new powerful success habit!

Have fun with this!

Wishing you Abundant Success,




One Response

  1. I completely agree. I can’t tell you how many times the fact that I have to give an account to my partner helped me to take the next step or complete an action item in a more timely manner. I believe an accountability partner makes all the difference in the world.

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