It is February already. Can you believe how quickly the days and weeks pass by? It’s exciting and also a reminder that we need to be living purposefully and setting our intentions daily. If we don’t, another month will pass, a quarter and even a year with transience and without apology. We really need to get ourselves up to speed with where we want to be in life and get into action. The old adage is that time waits for no man and as I advance in years, I realize the pertinence of this statement as each day passes.
How are you spending your time?
With time seeming to go past at warp speed, it really does beg the question. How are you spending your time? Are you being resourceful or un-resourceful? Are the intentions and goals that you have set for the month or the year getting the focus and attention that they deserve? It’s all too easy to get caught up in trivia, to succumb to our own excuses at the expense of achieving our goals. If you were to analyse how much time you spend partaking in diversionary activities that yield no outcome, how many hours would it sum up to for the day or the week?
One of the great ways to hone in on your goals is to be clear about the intentions that you are setting daily. Each morning as you set the tone for the day with your intention, ask:
- What qualities do I commit to displaying in my daily conduct and more importantly:
- What actions do I commit to doing to help the achievement of those intentions?
First, get crystal clear about what it is that you want to achieve and then commit to doing it no matter what. Become accountable to yourself and tell others what you plan to achieve. Accountability means being willing to accept responsibility for your actions.
Steven Covey talks about how if we are accountable and share our goals with others, it will trigger a response, leading to us take action and achieve results. There is something special about having an accountability partner. Not only is it encouraging and mutually beneficial, it gives you the drive to achieve your goals as you don’t want to lose face and appear as though you have not attempted to attain success. There is positive psychology in employing this strategy.
Lisa Nichols in her book “Abundance Now” makes an incredibly powerful statement. She states “When you take a stand for someone and lovingly hold them accountable to the man or woman that they say they want to become, you are giving them the gift of possibility.” This shows the benefit of accountability. It is by no means an aggressive or demoralising process. When you share your goals, dreams and aspirations with a trusted friend or a business partner, you are committing to seeing them through to completion and reciprocating by offering support and encouragement to the other person in return.
So, what are those burning desires that you have in your head and your heart? What are you committed to achieving in the month of February or subsequent months of this year? Accountability has been referred to as the glue that binds commitment to results. Commit to massive aligned action, share your intention with your accountability partner and get to work with no excuses. Link arms with someone who is striving for success and enjoy the journey together. Whether it is a business goal or a fitness goal, you will reap the dividends of buddying up with someone who will be genuinely interested in seeing you attain your goals and mission. Join a mastermind group, join an online community or connect with a trusted friend. Those who you buddy up with will offer constructive feedback ad give you a new perspective on things that may otherwise bamboozle you if you tackle them on your own.
If you want to have a conversation about your goals, get in touch for a free 30 minute conversation and I will be happy to talk strategies and options with you. Get in touch.