Let’s talk about Accountability

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.

Surround Yourself With People Who will Force You To BE Better!!:

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.

Shazney x

Are you playing small?

Happy Monday. I have a series of questions for you. These are questions that I started asking myself because I felt like something was missing in my life. Having spent most of my life coasting along, not living up to my full potential, I decided to bite the bullet. To be brave and get up close and personal with my reality. The results have been immense.

Marianne Williamson is a celebrated spiritual leader, author and lecturer and she states the following

“Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”

  • Do you consider yourself to be living to your full potential?
  • Do you dream big and visualize achieving massive things in your life?
  • Do you have dreams and goals that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end?


  • Are you selling yourself short because you don’t feel that you can make an impact?
  • Do you feel that you do not have a voice?
  • Are you struggling to identify your unique selling point?


What can you do to step up and start living bigger?

  • Show up fully in life, be unreservedly, authentically YOU. Realize that you absolutely have a talent or a message to share with the world. Identify what your burning desire is and shine your light on everyone who you meet. (This clearly takes self-belief and building up your confidence which will be explored in subsequent posts.)authentic
  • Don’t worry about what people think of you. The ego makes us question our worth and the impact that our presence has on others. Our higher, best version of  ourself recognizes that we add value to this world, have talents and power within us that will lead to greatness if only we take time to tap into it.


  • Surround yourself with successful people, people whose achievements make you want to emulate their success and grow as a person. You are the average of the five people who you associate with. Consider who those five people are in your life and how they influence your behaviour.


  • Be open to new possibilities. Having an open mind about new opportunities that come your way broadens your horizons. Instead of saying NO to something because you are afraid of how you will be perceived or allowing misconceptions to cloud your view, be at least open to a conversation so that you can make an informed decision.parachute
  • Use your imagination. When we grow up and leave childhood behind, we seem to lose our capacity to daydream. Daily visualization is just that, daydreaming. However as a conscious adult, you now have the opportunity to make those dreams a reality. Give yourself permission to let your imagination run wild.


  • Whatever you focus your attention on expands. Focus on the good stuff! Energy flows where attention goes.


  • Have a clear image of what your future best version of yourself looks like and bridge the gap between your current reality and that optimal version of yourself by investing in your development.
  • Listen to your self-talk. Use your language intentionally. Eliminate “I’ll try, it’s just me, I’m only” this or that.
  • Create a vision board filled with amazing images that excite you and make you a little bit nervous.
  • Have a clear WHY. What is your mission and why do you want to achieve it. Rather than focusing on the how, work out what drives you to achieve your goals.


  • As human beings, we are made up of many layers. Think Pies:





If we attend to each aspect of our beings, we will show up in life optimally and rather than being a shrinking violet, you will be best placed to make an impact and show up as a grounded, well-rounded individual. Of course development in each of these areas is not a static process, therefore regular daily attention to each is necessary in order to live an enriched life.

You can have, be and do whatever you wish to be if you develop the right mind-set, make the necessary investment in yourself and “feel the fear and do it anyway” as the late Susan Jeffers admonishes us.


Seek advice from those who are absolutely undeniably playing big and then give yourself permission to do the same. We compile so many false stories about or life and about our capabilities and this leads to blocks and us retreating inwardly and thus playing small. Write some goals (we all know that a goal that is not written down is merely a dream) and Plan, review and improve. If you do not know what you are focusing on, how can you ever expect to hit the target?


Get out of your own way. Banish the self-limiting beliefs. Get out of your head and connect with your heart. Believe that you can achieve your vision. Once you have a written set of goals, adopt a can do mind-set and consistently get to work on actions aligned with that plan, success will be the by-product.


Believe in yourself. Repeat after me “I am  significant”. “I am worthy” and “I am more than enough”.


Let go of fear and anything else that holds you back

John O’Leary – inspirational leader and author of the book “On Fire” explains:

“Instead of operating from a place of fear, driven by what I could get, I tried living from a place of love, seeking opportunities for what I could give. Letting go of the desire to not lose, you win, that in releasing the need to be wrong, you’re right”.

Call to Action: Now is the time to start. It is your time and it’s time to stop playing small and play big instead.It’s time to create the life that you deserve. Still don’t know how?

Contact Me: For a free 45 minute session to engage in a conversation to identify ways that you could dream bigger and as a result play bigger. We can identify ways in which you can start fulfilling your potential.

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Email: shazney@equanimity.org.uk

Tel: +44 333 224 0356


Make a start on creating your vision and living the life of your dreams on your terms.

Are you ambitious?

Happy Monday. What are you looking forward to today? Do you see yourself as an ambitious person? What exactly does ambition mean to you? For most, it can mean that they want to get through the day without losing their cool with their colleagues, for others it will mean reaching a sales Target or then again it could mean reaching a self- imposed goal of being fitter or healthier than they were yesterday. Whatever the goal, the results can be quantified relatively and subjectively.

Ambition is defined as ” a strong desire to do or achieve something” or having “desire and determination to achieve success”.

This begs the question: “What is success, and what does it look like to you?” I’ve been reading much more than normal lately as my quest for knowledge seems insatiable. Of course I totally understand that knowledge alone is not enough and it needs to be translated into action in order to lead to success. I’d like to share some nuggets of wisdom that I have encountered lately. My hope is that they will resonate with you and propel you into action. In Jim Rohn’s book “The Power Of Ambition” he talks about the six steps towards ambition. They are as follows:

  • Positive self direction
  • Self reliance
  • Discipline
  • Self enterprise
  • Working with others
  • Self Appreciation

Let’s explore each of those steps briefly.

Positive self direction

This is a state of absolutely and categorically knowing who you are and where you want to go. It means having the confidence to assert what it is that you want to achieve out of life. As Henry David Thoreau eloquently framed it “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”



This is the art of taking responsibility for your own life, living in your own personal truth, relying on your own powers rather than on those of others. To be self-reliant requires investing heavily on your own personal growth and development and being accountable for your progress. It’s OK to ask for help from others. The point is that when you work on your own beliefs and value system, you build a foundation that underpins your ability to  succeed in life. When you have a strong conviction, crystal clear clarity as to where you want your life to go, your spirit and resolve becomes unbreakable. Be independent yet willing to collaborate with others. It’s all about balance.



When you are consistent in your efforts to succeed,  discipline is required. The result? A compound effect which is equal to massive success. The small consistent steps that you take each day will add up to something monumental if you just stick to the plan that you set for yourself. Don’t feel guilty if you fall off the wagon and have an off day. Guilt is a useless emotion. Instead, recognise the deviation and get straight back to work. It is better to live a life without regret. Jim Rohn states “ The pain of discipline weighs one ounce and the pain of regret weighs tonnes.” Just do it. Get into action with your plan.



This involves being aware of opportunities that exist around you Become excellent at networking, keep your eyes peeled for opportunities that will lead to the achievement of your success.

Working with others

This encompasses being an effective communicator, a better networker and working with those who deserve your time rather than with those who simply need it.

Self appreciation

Celebrate your successes. Celebration comes in the form of acknowledgment. Even if you have made a small step towards success, acknowledge this and give it the air time it deserves. This creates energy to fuel our ambition.


So, what do you want to achieve from today, this week, this month etc? What is it that absolutely sets your soul on fire. The incredible John O’Leary  author of the best-selling book “On Fire” encourages us to write an “ignition statement”. This is the statement or theme to your life that gets you excited about achieving your daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals. If you’d like to do more, achieve more I encourage you to read the books referenced here and feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss this subject further.

Dream big. Work in alignment with your values. Stay focused and be ambitious. You have the power within. Happy Monday. Have an enriched week and make it amazing.

Shazney x


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