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3 Ways to Find Accountability - Episode 7

"Accountability breeds response-ability.” ~ Stephen R. Covey

Today’s Episode:

  • What is accountability
  • 3 Ways to find accountability

What is Accountability

Accountability is a willingness to accept responsibility for one's actions. There are many projects I have going on and need to keep motivated. I found accountability is the best way to stay on point.

Covey (1991) suggested that accountability offers you the ability to respond to whatever life throws at you. You can react or respond to life. Reaction can cause more damage through emotion. Responding to life seems to be more positive. You have the power to choose. Accountability creates a buffer between you and life.

I have many goals as a Ph.D. student, writer, business man and me personally. I want to get my business going strong. I want to lose weight. I have a novel and dissertation that needs or wants to be written.

3 Ways to Find Accountability

  1. Software:
    • Scrivener - Has writing targets that help me with my word count and keeping project on time
    • Evernote - I can set timers and to do lists that help keep projects going
    • Rosetta Stone - Helps me to learn spanish, has a tutoring system built in, and keeps my lessons flowing.
    • Write or Die 2: Write or Die is an application for Windows, Mac and Linux which aims to eliminate writer's block by providing consequences for procrastination and, new to this version, rewards for accomplishment.
  2. Apps:
    • Goals
      • GoalsOnTrack.com: Great program for tracking goals, create vision board, and will let you know if you're on time
      • Calendar: anyone will do
      • Bucket List: Lists all your want tos. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) Shawshank Redemption" said, "Get busy living or Get busy dying". I'm getting busy living.
    • Weight
      • MyFitnessPal (free)
      • Gym-Pact: This one earn you money when you do your workouts. You lose money bucks if you don't.
  3. Accountability buddy: This is the most important. You must find someone who has your best interests at heart. Someone who sees something in you that you don't see. Someone who will take you for who you are.

References:

Accountability. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved June 16, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accountability

Covey, S. R. (1991). Principle-centered leadership. New York: Summit Books.

Maxwell, J. C. (2007). The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership: follow them and people will follow you. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson Publishers.