Daily Blog #327
I have been on somewhat of an accountability kick here recently. Part of me is growing tired of just talking the talk. In being the dreamer that I am, I need to be willing to walk the walk. And that’s exactly what I intend on doing.
“At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves – our success is a result of what we do.” -Catherine Pulsifer
One of the gifts that I got for Christmas was a daily action planner. The purpose of the planner was to map out the next 90 days of my life to help hold me accountable to the goals that I had set for myself.
Like a lot of things, I often forgot about the planner for a period of time, would pick it back up again, and repeat this process on numerous occasions. But recently I picked it back up, looked at my goals, and have been trying to make up for lost time.
Goals that I set and my progress towards them.
1. 50,000 blog views.
I started this 90-day plan on January 1st. At that time I had been blogging for eight full months and managed to reach 25,000 pageviews. While this is an accomplishment of its own, I wanted to challenge myself. Today, after roughly 70 days, I am currently just under 40,000 page views. While it isn’t the 50,000 that I wanted, I am incredibly proud of how far I have come towards achieving this goal with the amount of time that I have left.
2. 500 followers on medium.
Again, January 1st I was sitting just under 200 followers on Medium. It isn’t the thought of having more followers that appeals to me, but rather the thought of progression. As of today, I have more than 500 followers. Not only have I exceeded the goal that I set for myself, but I have done so with more than half of a month remaining.
3. Give back and do more random acts of kindness.
This is something that I have been deeply focusing on. While I do give back and have been making progress in how much I have been giving back to others, I know that I am capable of giving even more. I am beyond blessed, and I want to do what I can to help others.
4. Earn income from my passions.
This is probably the one that I least care about, and the progress towards it reflects that. I make very little money on Medium, and that is really the only source of income that I receive through writing. And half of what I earn through Medium I donate to Mental Health America.
5. Develop greater levels of self-belief.
Unlike the last one, this is the one that I have excelled at the most. I have never believed in myself as much as I do now, I have never loved myself more, and I have never been as happy as I am today. Each and every day is only getting better, and I know that I can achieve anything that I put my mind to.
How to get accountability to stick.
In trying to think back on what my goals were, I admittingly could only remember two – the top two. Since I am able to look back on what the others are, though, I can now develop a plan that will help to achieve them. And that is tip one.
1. Write down your goals.
The world around us often throws our minds into a spinning nightmare that starts the minute we wake up. Instead of taking the risk of forgetting what it is that you wanted to achieve, why not be proactive and write it down so that in the case where you do forget, you will be able to come back to it later.
2. Keep track of time.
Some tasks are going to require more time than other tasks. For the larger and more important tasks, start doing them first thing in the morning so that you not only give them your undivided and uninterrupted attention, but also so that you actually get them done before you are on everybody else’s schedule.
3. Share your goals with others.
Having an accountability partner can play a massive role in achieving success. If you have someone to workout with and decide to hold each other accountable, you will instantly become less likely to come up with an excuse to skip a workout.
The same thing applies here. When you openly share your goals with someone that you trust, you become more likely to follow through with that goal. Not only do you have someone there to remind you, but you will learn to push yourself because you don’t want to be left feeling like a failure.
4. Place post-it notes on the mirror.
One of the first things that you do in the morning, go into the bathroom and brush your teeth. If you place post-it notes on the mirror with your goals, you are instantly reminded and motivated to accomplish them first thing in the morning. That and you will have to look yourself in the mirror and give yourself a reality check.
Create your own success.
What are you doing to achieve your goals? What are you doing to create the life that you desire to live? Are you giving yourself every opportunity to succeed? If not, why?
These are all going to be questions that you will have to answer every time that you stare in the mirror at your own reflection. Not only are you the only person that can answer these questions, but you are also the only person that can accomplish the goals that you set out to achieve.
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