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The Value of an Accountability Coach
by Anne M. Bachrach
"If you can dream it, you can do it." -- Walt
It is estimated that up to ninety percent of our
behavior is habitual. That means that up to
ninety percent of what you do, you do the same
day in and day out - often without conscious
thought. This may not seem like a concern, until
you consider what percentage of your behavior is
sabotaging your success. While you may be aware
of some of your bad habits, it takes the
guidance of an accountability coach to identify
and bring awareness to all of the habits that
are confining you to your current reality.
Most of us have a list of bad habits we keep
telling ourselves we will change, but never
follow through on making them. Think about all
the New Year's resolutions that never happened.
And that's easy to do when you have no one to
hold you accountable for the things you say you
are going to do or would like to do. Would you
be more apt to make the commitment to change bad
habits if someone was holding you accountable?
It's not exactly comfortable to try to make
excuses to someone else and you are more likely
to follow through on things you say you're going
to do when you are held accountable for your
actions, or there lack of. This is the idea
behind an accountability coach.
Wouldn't it be great if our 'good intentions'
worked the way that we think they should? Not
even enthusiasm guarantees positive results.
There's often a wide gap between our intentions
and our actions. Poor follow through is a fact
of life for many of us. It not only threatens
our health, but it also prevents us from
achieving personal, financial, and career goals
that are well within our reach.
Good intentions don't magically lead to good
results. They are a start, but you must have the
motivation to take action. Desire is
unfortunately not enough and this is just the
We fail to take the action necessary to be in
alignment with our good intentions. And while we
might be frustrated, but somehow never change
the negative habits. We stay in the same place,
repeating the bad habits that cause us endless
An Accountability Coach will hold you
accountable to follow through with your "good
intentions" and call you on it when you don't.
If this happens to you, it will not feel good
and you'll learn to just do what you need to do
to avoid that uncomfortable "in your face"
feeling of accountability. In order to get what
you don't have, you have to learn to break the
habits that got you where you are now. An
Accountability Coach will help you get creative
and try new strategies to move to your next
level. With the expertise, objectivity,
creativity and insight of an Accountability
Coach, you will accomplish what you used to only
intend to accomplish.
They will help you identify the habits and
thoughts that are sabotaging your success and
hold you accountable for replacing the habits
and thoughts that are producing your current
results with improved habits that increase your
level of success. None of us is perfect and each
of us has bad habits and thoughts that are
limiting our success. The longer we wait to
change bad habits and thoughts, the longer we
will continue to produce our current reality. To
change your environment, you must change your
habits and thoughts. It's like changing from the
old vinyl album record to a new audio CD
While anyone can act as your
pseudo-accountability coach, even a friend,
family member or co-worker, only a professional
accountability coach can offer proven strategies
to increase your level of success. Friends,
family members and co-workers can offer valuable
feedback on their observances, but not much in
the way of professional guidance. Besides, it's
difficult to really take advice to heart from
our friends, family or co-workers. Sometimes the
people closest to us are the ones we are most
For the best results, find a professional
accountability coach that can guide you from
where you are to where you want to be. Before
you begin your accountability sessions, your
coach will ask you to create a very specific
list of short- and long-term goals that you
would like to achieve. This goal outline will
help your coach identify the habits needed in
order to achieve these goals and focus the
accountability sessions to be most effective.
Additionally, an accountability program will
help you realize improvements in the following
Commitment to action
Increased high-payoff task productivity
Developing successful habits and thoughts
You and your accountability coach will set a
schedule where you agree to speak and discuss
the goals outlined in the previous session.
During your sessions, your coach will ask you to
review the set of goals from the previous week
and ask for a status report on each.
This process is amazingly powerful and produces
great results. When you are held responsible for
explaining why you didn't complete a task, this
can be a very effective motivator. It doesn't
feel good to make excuses, least of all to your
accountability coach. While there might be very
valid reasons why a task wasn't complete, these
are usually rare. My personal motto is - excuses
don't count unless you are dead. This may sound
a bit harsh, but the point is to break the habit
of making excuses. You either did it or you
didn't. Why waste time with excuses.
Even if you still have a tendency to
procrastinate task completion until the last
day, you better bet your Thursdays will be
highly productive days if your accountability
session is on a Friday. While your coach will
encourage you to take daily action to avoid
procrastination, one highly productive day is
still better than no productive days.
Your accountability coach may also suggest daily
visualization exercises to help you focus on
goal achievement. Sessions may begin by
reviewing your goals from the previous week,
followed by outlining your goals for the
following week. After your goals for the
following week are discussed, your coach will
lead you through a visualization exercise where
you will envision your goals already
successfully completed. This visualization is
incredibly effective and focuses the mind on the
actions needed to fulfill your visualization.
When you have to answer to an accountability
coach, you will improve your commitment, focus,
follow-through, and productivity. Additionally,
having an accountability coach will increase
your confidence and develop successful habits.
You will also see a reduction in procrastination
because you will have deadlines to complete your
goals, or be held accountable for their
"The individual who wants to reach the top in
business must appreciate the might and force of
habit. He must be quick to break those habits
than can break him - and hasten to adopt those
practices that will become the habits that help
him achieve the success he desires."
-J. PAUL GETTY, Founder of Getty Oil
Company and widely regarded as the richest man
in the world in the late 1950's
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