Each day, your list gets larger and larger. Ideas and goals fall by the wayside, remaining incomplete or never seeing the light of day. There just isn’t enough time, and even less energy to accomplish things.
Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone. I see it often with clients and I’ve experienced it myself. But why? We’re passionate about our business, projects and our ideas. We believe we can manage it all. We certainly have the ambition and firmness of purpose to succeed. However, with so many things going in your favor, how do you fall back into bad habits?
Striving to achieve goals has several benefits, however, it has an equal amount of pitfalls. Success seekers love that magical moment when our idea is born. We also enjoy creating the strategy.
But implementation? “Well, see what had happened was…”
Structure, accountability, and routine are kryptonite to the vocabulary of creative, right-brained dominant individuals like yours truly. I’m not saying we’re incapable in these areas, however, I do believe implementing things from beginning to end and fine-tuning the process is often much more challenging for us – and yes, sometimes seems impossible. And if you work without a team to complete the details and some of the implementation, you get pretty frustrated. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole when you try to engage your brain in activities that just don’t feel natural.
While a lack of resources is often a problem, there’s also a drawback to trying something new on your own – zero accountability.
Successful people engage coach’s and work in mastermind groups. There are so many benefits to these relationships that I can’t list them all, however, one that seems to be a common denominator for many of us is accountability. Once the speed bumps are worked out and a plan is in place, we feel inspired to follow our tasks through to completion prior to the next coaching session. As one small success after the other leads to larger success and increased profits, the sacrifices become worth it. Making accountability critical for success.
Making a commitment to yourself is a great start, however, you can easily let yourself down. You can find yourself making excuses (yes, they are excuses) and allowing things to elevate to urgency and you find yourself putting out multiple fires. Instead of exhausting yourself like this, why not set up an accountability strategy?
If you believe you can’t afford coaching, you’re wrong. You can’t not afford coaching. Coaches bring new knowledge. And new knowledge brings new money. Take advantage of group coaching environments. A mastermind group raises the bar for you as you challenge and support each other. I know a small group of friends that began a group and each person simply commits to completing several tasks prior to meeting the following week.
As a group of focused, like-minded individuals, no one wants to be the one who falls short at their commitments!
Think about what motivates you to do the detail work and follow through on your ideas. Blocking out even one hour a week will make a huge difference if you block not only the time, but also the interruptions. Yes! Put the phone on silent, close your email and focus on your to do list.
Who do you know who will hold your feet to the fire? Who will encourage you and offer up the occasional congratulations when you’ve stretched beyond your comfort zone? Success is a beautiful thing – even the small successes – and accountability is a key!