According to the on-line Merriam Webster Dictionary accountability is defined as this…ACCOUNTABILITY – the quality or state of being accountable; especially, an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. So what do they say is accountable … ACCOUNTABLE – required to explain actions or decisions to someone, required to be responsible for something.
Seems easy enough! Yeah Right!
So with all that said, How does one actually become more accountable to what ever it is they are wanting to be more accountable to? I have no idea… so to the internet I go…
Here’s what WikiHow had to say on the subject.
Being accountable can be a scary, yet essential thing, especially if you are on the front lines, in business, in ministry, or in any aspect of life. Allowing other people to be involved in your life, “letting others in”, so to speak, can help you be a better leader and person, and help implement a more productive, happy life. There are several things you can do to be accountable:
8 Steps on how to become more accountable….
- Think of someone you know who you admire and you believe will speak truth into your life. ~
- Communicate with that person via phone, internet, or in person, and set up a time to talk. ~
- Bounce your ideas off the other person, honestly telling them what is on your heart. ~
- Humbly share any weaknesses or faults you may have that have or could hinder progress.~
- Listen to anything they have to say, even if it is constructive criticism, and decide what part of their advice you will follow. ~
- Meet with them in a week or two to follow-up on what was discussed. ~
- Evaluate whether any improvements have been made, any advice was taken, or what could be done differently. ~
- Own out loud with another person your five personal strengths and five growing edge behaviors, Then commit with that same person to practice at least two behaviors that will lead to change(s).
Sounds simple enough… It sounds like a term I’ve heard of many times “Peer Coach”. I have had the pleasure of listening to Verne Harnish speak on a few occasions. His insights and belief of the importance of having a peer Coach has helped not only himself, but business’s grow. Here’s some information to check out his take on the importance of Peer Coaching.
Who will be YOUR peer coach, and help YOU become more accountable??
“Accountability separates the wishers in life from the action-takers that care enough about their future to account for their daily actions.” – John Di Lemme