2018 – Year of Accountability

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.
Les Brown

So many of us make resolutions every New a year and fail by the end of January (if not before).  I have in the past years talked intatead about yearly intentions and goals. This year my focus is on personal accountability in three main areas: fitness, work-life balance, and relationships.

The word, accountability,  seems to have become a negative and sometimes unfamiliar concept.  It’s easy to pin things, especially if they aren’t going well,  on outside forces.   This year, I am going to take responsibility for the negative just as much as the positive.  I want to focus on the things I know need improvement but also celebrate my strengths.

Here are some of the ways I am creating that personal accountability in my life.

Outlining outcomes  and expectations: In each are I have an idea of my desired outcome and my personal expectations on how to get there. For example: I know the number of times I should expect to work out each week in order to reach my desired fitness level.   I am creating a money jar in which Inpay myself $1.00 for every workout I complete and remove $2.00 for every workout ai skip. The balance will be used when I reach my 6 month goal. This encompasses both award and discipline and let’s me recognize the positive and negative immediately.

Processes: I am using a gratitude journal and a written planner as tools to keep me accountable.   Another tool I will be trying is setting alarms for when it’s time to stop checking work email or messages and start family focus time.

Invest in Accountability: I am committed to this journey.  I know that it will take time, energy, and emotion to full embrace the goals I have made for myself.   This is not something I can expect will be easy or automatic.   I know that I may have to look for and lean on additional resources for success.

Sure it would be easier to just continue to put my head in the sand so to speak and continue to live the status quo even though I desire more. However, with set expectations, processes in place, and investing in myself, I know this next year will be amazing!

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