Stop! You Don’t Need More Advice, You Need More Accountability

Have you ever reached the end of your day, looked at your to-do list, and wondered why you didn’t have more crossed off your list?

Have you ever reached the end of the year and wondered where the time went and why you hadn’t accomplished more?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, you are not alone. You may feel like you are the only one who struggles to be productive, or that you seem to get lots done and yet don’t make any real progress. While it can be very frustrating – I know, I’ve been there – you are far from being the only person who Is less productive than they would like to be.

In their “State of the American Workplace” study in 2017, Gallup found that 33% of employees are engaged at work. That means 67% are not! As an entrepreneur who works from my home office, I know many people who admit to doing everything from housework to binging on Netflix instead of doing their real work.

Here’s the thing, I could have written a post full of tips to help you be more engaged and productive including things like blocking time and doing your important work during your peak energy times, but I’m not going to do that. Why? Because you don’t actually need more tips. Your problem is not a lack of information, it’s a lack of instigation. You don’t need more advice, you need more accountability.

You don’t need more advice, you need more accountability.

In nearly every case, the clients I coach do not lack the knowledge they need to succeed. After all, with the internet at their fingertips, if they need information they can access it in a matter of minutes. What my clients typically need is perspective, focus, and most critically, accountability. They know WHAT to do, they need someone to help them to actually DO IT.

That’s true not just of work, but in other areas of life as well. In 2018, few people are suffering from a lack of knowledge. Some, in fact, are suffering from having too much knowledge. They are swimming in so much information, they can’t sort out the useful from the useless. What people need is someone who can hold them accountable to take meaningful action and actually do the things that matter.

That’s why I developed the Summer of Success program.

I have worked with coaching clients for approximately a decade now and I’ve noticed a commonality in nearly every single one of them. As we work together, people get results. They gain clarity and focus and they take some action and see improvements. It’s great to watch. However, typically they don’t take as much action as I wish they would. They set some goals, they make progress, but they could be doing even more if they would do more work.

The problem, of course, is that we are all busy, and unless people block out specific time to work on their goals on a consistent basis and have someone who will make sure they do it, it doesn’t get done. This is why people who hire a personal trainer at the gym have better results than those who don’t. It’s not that the trainer is magic, it’s just that the trainer makes the client actually GO to the gym.

If you want to get greater results in your health, your business, your relationships, or anything else in your life, I highly recommend you set up some sort of accountability system. That can be a buddy who you work out with, it can be a trainer or coach that you hire, or a group you are a part of.

If you are a small business owner, solo entrepreneur, or you would like to be, you may consider the Summer of Success program. Click the link to learn more about it. We launch on June 21st and only 10 people are getting in, but those who do are about to achieve some amazing results!