Take Ownership of Your Life and Work with Radical Accountability
Radical accountability is a powerful mindset that can help you take control of your situation and create success. It’s an approach to life and work where you take full responsibility for everything that happens in your life or in your work. It means being honest with yourself about the results you’re achieving, no matter what those results are. This kind of self-awareness is essential for any meaningful change or growth.
Taking ownership of your life through radical accountability requires you to always ask yourself questions like “What could I have done differently?” or “How can I do better next time?” This kind of introspection helps you identify areas for improvement, as well as opportunities to get ahead.
THIS is the secret to creating personal and professional growth. If I look back on things I’ve “failed” on, it’s usually because I lacked accountability. When you make a commitment to be accountable for the results in your life, it forces you out of complacency and into action. You start looking at things from different angles, which leads to creative new solutions to old problems. This can ultimately lead to greater success in all areas of your life—personal, professional, financial, etc.—and more fulfillment overall. Without this mindset, it’s easy to fall into patterns of complacency and apathy. Taking responsibility for yourself gives you a newfound sense of purpose that helps keep you motivated to achieve greater success. It also increases self-confidence by allowing you to own your accomplishments. Plus, if something does end up going wrong, it’s easier to learn from the experience when you accept full responsibility for the outcome rather than deflecting blame onto someone else.
Part of taking ownership means seeking clarity on what needs to be done in order to achieve success. By taking responsibility for the outcomes in our lives—both positive and negative—we become more aware of what we need to do differently if we want different results. We become masters not only of our actions but also our reactions, giving us greater control over our outcomes.
So…how do you start taking more ownership of your life and work? The first step is setting clear goals for yourself so that you know exactly what needs to be done in order to succeed. Then, make sure that everything you do aligns with those goals. My fit-flavors team and I have started using Asana to track our progress and acknowledge and communicate when we are on or off track.
Ask yourself what goal you really want to accomplish. Put a date on it. Then, thinking about 3-10 small steps or milestones that stand between where you are today and that goal. This can be for anything in life - weight loss, a promotion at work, a project you’re working on, creating a healthier relationship, whatever! Once you have those baby milestones, put dates on those things, too. Then, if you’re joining me in diving into Asana, put them on your asana board, assign them to yourself, and put dates on them. Check in on these things every week or so and make sure you are making progress towards your goals.
If you start to see yourself missing deadlines, ask why. Be curious. This curiosity will help you learn how to move forward even if things aren’t going as you initially planned. Every so often, you might need to readjust your milestones. That’s NORMAL.
However you decide to start taking ownership of the goals you want to achieve in your life and in your work, know that you won’t go far without taking radical accountability. I’m just being honest. There’s a huge difference between someone who says “I am responsible for this” and someone who says “I am responsible for this and here is how I am holding myself accountable to success.”
Who will you choose to be this year?
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