The single biggest blessing of being semi-retired is that I am not accountable to anyone for anything.
It is also my single biggest curse.
I am grateful for my “non-accountability” blessings every day. I am single so I can do whatever I want without having to worry about the appropriate concerns of others. My daughter has grown up to be an amazing woman and Mom, so I don’t have to be an on duty 24/7 parent anymore. I can go to the gym if I want. Or not. And I can eat whatever I want whenever I want, and there’s no one to tell me I can’t.
And that latter part is where the curse of “non-accountability” comes in for me. Simply put, if I don’t have someone holding me accountable for making smart choices and staying committed to them then even my rock solid resolutions break apart. My excuses range from “this isn’t a good time to start dieting because company is coming” to “I hate doing paperwork, so I’ll put it off until next week” to “someday I will learn how to dance, but today just isn’t the day for these two left feet.”
My guess is that if you have read this far, you can relate on some level. There’s probably some goal you’ve always had – being in better shape, traveling more, learning a language, writing a book, playing an instrument, getting a degree, mending a relationship, etc. – that you have put off for so long that it secretly embarrasses and frustrates you.
Well, that all ends today if you truly want to achieve your dreams. Because today I’m inviting you to join me in finding and becoming Accountability Partners. Simply put, we are going to clearly define a very important goal, outline the steps we need to take to achieve it, then find someone who will hold us verifiably accountable for achieving it - with significant consequences attached - and then share our results.
See, I told you in the last chapter that you would probably hate me for it. :-)
Since this is my big idea, I will go first. If you click on Things I Need For The Road Ahead, you will see an ever growing list of the things I must do for this trip – including getting and staying in better shape. I am actively looking for Accountability Partners to hold me accountable to do them. Since I am a very private person by nature, the mere fact that I’m allowing you to watch my progress – or heaven forbid, lack thereof – adds even more accountability for me.
So since I’ve gone entirely out of my comfort zone to achieve things I’ve only dreamed or talked about, what about you? Is there something you are willing to tackle in your life? If so, please see the guidelines to becoming Accountability Partners. And if you join with me, we will do our very best to support each other.
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