Noun 1. accountability – responsibility to someone or for some activity
If we really want something we go out an get it. It’s that simple. Well it should be. However we are human and sometimes we like to complicate things. Sometimes we make things harder than they really should be.
For some people they need the accountability, because they don’t trust themselves. They don’t trust themselves because they got themselves into this predicament and now they aren’t sure how to get out of it.
This is why programs like Weight Watches, Jenny Craig etc, are popular and can be successful.
I say can, because at the end of the day it’s up to the person themselves. If they want it, they wont cheat. But a lot, and I mean a lot of people cheat. Everyone wants the easy way out, the quick fix, but at the end of the day, it took time for you to get to this point, it’s going to take time to get out of it.
No one suddenly puts of 10kg of fat on overnight. So it’s expected that you aren’t going to lose it overnight.
So why accountability? Well for some people they don’t need the extra push from someone else, but most of us do, and most of us want that extra push. This is why having an accountability person can be really motivating.
Now you don’t have to have an accountability person if you don’t want one. I know for myself, when it comes to my exercise and my food diary, it’s so ingrained into me, I don’t need to be accountable for that. However there are other area’s of my life where it’s nice to have someone say ‘so, how is xxx coming along’. For me that’s gardening. I don’t really like to garden, I do it because I don’t want a feral looking garden, and if I keep on top of it it means less work long term. I also have plans/idea’s for my garden, and well it’s nice to know that they are now coming along.
For example, last year (yes last year), I purchased some mulch for one of my garden beds at the front of my house. I had plans to do something to that bed (and still do). The plants that were planted there died, due to the flooding rain we had (last year!), so I pulled them out, and had planned to mulch and plant something else. Well has that happened? Er no. However I have de:weeded the rose bed and used the mulch there. So it’s a start. And yes I still plan on doing something to the garden bed at the front, I just haven’t decided what to plant yet. I will get there.
Like everything in life, it’s a work in progress.
So keep moving forward. Even if you take 2 steps forward one step back, you are still going forward.