A little Accountability Can Help Stop Procrastination and Contribute to Achieving Your Goals

Have you ever considered that not succeeding at something important to you…

… even for a REALLY good reason…

… is not the same as achieving your goal?

Have you ever said or thought, “I wish I had more time?”, “If I had more time, I would _____.”, “If there were a few more hours in this day, I could _____.”  Most of us, at some time or another, have probably thought or said this to ourselves.

It has, unfortunately become a cliche, but stop for a moment & consider the power of the phrase, “Work smarter and not harder.”

Successful people know you can have whatever level of success you desire and the quality of life you truly want by making some adjustments to the way you are currently operating in your professional and personal life.

All that most people need are systems, processes, focus, real desire to achieve your goals, belief that you can do whatever you set your mind to, and (the key) Accountability.

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 – consciously deciding to do something, but then not doing it – is a fact of life for many of us. We fail to take the action necessary to be in alignment with our good intentions. Procrastination can be very frustrating.

Procrastination takes a toll on virtually every aspect of our lives. It not only threatens our health, but it also prevents us from achieving personal, financial, and career goals that are well within our reach.

The phenomena of procrastination is what separates outstanding performance from mediocre performance. A business associate of mine recently conducted a series of interviews with 15 of their most successful clients. In answer to the question, “If you knew then what you know now, what would you have done differently,” she encountered a recurring theme, which can be paraphrased as follows:

“Life happens … and if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have used it as an excuse not to do the work. When I finally stopped using everything that normally occurs in life and business as an excuse not to do the work, my results dramatically improved … my life dramatically improved … and the work got easier.”

We all have challenges we have to deal with on a professional and personal level. “Life happens” and “Life gets in the way” at certain times in all of our lives. You have to deal with life issues we have and continue to stay focused on what is truly important to us and not stop the forward momentum that you have worked so hard to build. It is harder, sure, but you will persevere anyway, so why not make the adjustment to deal with “life issues” sooner rather than later or not at all.

Good intentions don’t magically lead to achieving your goals. They are a start; however, they are unfortunately not enough. This is just the truth!

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