The Cat’s Out of the Bag…

It’s easy to be accountable if no one is looking. If have a goal and you tell no one about it. What happens if you fail? You don’t have to worry about telling someone that you fail if no one is watching. There is no reason to try your best because…no one’s going to know if I make it or not. If I stated I would post progress pictures on the blog and then opted not to or “forgot”…if no one knew about the blog, there would be no one to call me out on it.

Of course, the downside, what if you make it? What if you win? What if you’ve hit a goal that you’ve been aiming at for months / years? If you told no one, there would be no one to pat you on the back and be your cheerleader as you continue on your journey. Who would be there to say “Good Job!”? Who would be there to ask you about your next goal?

It’s easy to be accountable if no one is looking. It’s time that I start looking.

I came to this acknowledgement earlier this week, hence I sent out the note to most friends / family about my endeavor here.

Accountability can play a huge part in one’s ability to be successful. If someone is watching, you will do your best. You will try to have the best form. You will pay attention to what you’re doing. You will be aware if you start to go off-course and make the necessary corrections. If someone is watching, you’ll ask for feedback on how you’re doing. If someone is watching, they will be there to push you along, even without words….just being there.

Being accountable for your actions in a public manner helps keep you on-track to being accountable to yourself. Someone commented to me this week that while accountability does play a part, YOU are ultimately accountable to yourself. I know with people watching and wanting to give feedback, this will certainly help me on my journey.

While I don’t expect everyone to start their own blog about it, I’d love to hear how you share your message with friends, family, or co-workers. How will you be accountable on your journey?