Are You Accountable to Anyone?

Robert Terson

When I retired in January 2010 I stated, in no uncertain terms, that I was not going to do any professional coaching or training, although I wound up doing a ton of both pro bono. Now, because I’ve been drafted into doing some limited professional coaching and training (Nicki set the limits; I am retired, despite her rolling eyes every time I use that word), I’ve come to understand that too many of you are floundering around like a perch on a pier because you’re not accountable to anyone.

This has got to stop—today!

Recently I spent an hour-and-forty-five minutes with an individual I’ve coached, and had her list nine different tasks to accomplish during the following week, none of which got done. What good is it to pay someone good money to coach you, if you’re not going to follow through with what you’ve committed  to do? That’s crazy, isn’t it? Well, that let me know right off the bat that she needed to be accountable to me on a daily basis, or it wasn’t going to work; which is fine, I don’t have any problem with that.

If you hire me to coach (or train) you, I’m going to do whatever is necessary to make sure your money is well spent, that you’re going to succeed at whatever it is you say you want to succeed at. I’m even going to give you a lot more of my time than the typical coach, in order to make sure that happens, because I believe so strongly in the “Five Laws of Stratospheric Success,” which you’ll find in Bob Burg’s and John David Mann’s The Go-Giver, especially the first Law: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.

So, let me ask you: Do you get everything done that you need to, do you meet all the commitments you make to yourself and others, or is that a wishful dream that rarely occurs in real life? If you’re blowing smoke at yourself and the people you’re beholden to, it’s time to realize that you need an individual in your life that you’ll be 100% accountable to, either on a weekly or even daily basis. Someone who’s going to hold your feet to the fire, who isn’t going to let you get away with one eye drop of baloney.

If you need a person like that in your life but you’re not willing to face the constraints that’ll put on you, that should tell you something about yourself, which you need to face head on.

Take a look around you. Who won’t let you get away with anything? That’s the person you need to become accountable to. It’ll do you a world of good. It’ll change your life for the better!

Do it!


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