Accountability. We hear that word a lot when it comes to coaching. What does that mean in practice? It's not scary, like you'll be sent to the principal's office if you don't complete your assignment or lose your phone privileges if you don't do your chores.
It's more like setting that New Year's resolution, you know the one, the one you've set time and time again, but this time, sticking to it, because you know that someone else knows.
If you are my client, part of my role as coach is to hold you accountable for taking the steps you said you would take to reach the goal you set out to achieve.
What if you don't keep your commitment? Then it's time for us to have a conversation. I don't mean a scolding - I'm not your parent, I'm not your boss, I'm here to help you figure out why you didn't do what you said you would do. Was it more than you expected? Is it not as high a priority as you initially thought? Did you not anticipate the challenges? Are competing values getting in the way?
Are there consequences for doing what you say you will do? Certainly! For you, it develops your integrity muscle. You are keeping your commitment to yourself which means you'll probably get better at keeping commitments to clients and coworkers.
I discuss the importance of accountability in my Udemy course: Productivity & Time Management: Grow Your Side Business. For more information about the course, click here. The video that accompanies this blog post is a clip from the course.