What the experts say – Accountability is defined as: An obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. Dr.’s Paul Gillard and Rachel Radwinsky are two of the principles at Transformation Associates Inc. a consulting, technology, and training firm in Lebanon, NJ. Their work deals with enterprise & departmental transformations for some of the most recognizable brands in the world. They take accountability even further and say that without three key factors 1) Clear established goals that are relevant, realistic, and reportable, 2) Adequate resources and authority, and 3) having predetermined outcomes for both success and failure that are established, documented, and communicated, accountability cannot exist. (emphasis added) Accountability isn’t simply a means by which we apply consequences to our failed actions, but a means by which we set ourselves up for continued success.
How I did it. – Once I got over the shame and punish yourself phases, I told everyone I knew about my weight loss goals and found ways to measure and track success/failures in relationship to the goals I set. Social media also played a huge role in my need to be held accountable for my actions and journey. My friends kept me honest and most importantly kept me from doing stupid things like wanting to try steroids or going on some crazy crash diet. In essence I had a whole team of individuals cheering me on when I won and when I fell flat putting their arms around me reminding me that according to my goals we were running a marathon, not a sprint, which encouraged me to make the next milestone that much quicker. Don’t get me wrong, with accountability comes pressure and anxiety, but it’s the good kind. The purposeful kind! “Goals give purpose. Purpose gives faith. Faith gives courage. Courage gives enthusiasm. Enthusiasm gives energy. Energy gives life. Life lifts you over the bar.” – Bob Richards