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How to Solve the Mystery of Accountability: Unmasking the Bad Word

How to Solve the Mystery of Accountability: Unmasking the Bad Word


I love a good whodunnit mystery novel, especially those that add a layer of historical fiction. If you have any recommendations, my DMs and email are always open. 


How to Solve the Mystery of Accountability: Unmasking the Bad Word

I can’t Sherlock Holmes it out about this long-lasting unresolved question—who made “accountability” and “accountable” bad words? When I’m in a coaching session, I sometimes bring up the question, “How are you going to hold yourself accountable?” The clients want to hide under their connected school desks with their favorite stuffed animals and blankets for protection. It’s as if accountability has become synonymous with “punishment,” and that’s not it at all!


How to Solve the Mystery of Accountability: Unmasking the Bad Word

What really is accountability? 


Accountability isn’t some scary monster that is peeking through the crack of your closet ready to attack on the fly, or if you’ve seen those reels of individuals doing a mundane following exercise on the television screen before the screaming clown pops out unexpectedly (look it up for a laugh!). 


Instead, accountability is making a promise to ourselves and others and simply honoring the promise. It’s about taking ownership of our actions and choices. Accountability isn’t lurking and ready to help you fall flat on your butt. 


As a leader in corporate environments, I always felt that accountability was a weapon of punishment instead of a tool for growth. However, I’ve come to learn and realize that accountability is more in alignment with empowerment. When used correctly, accountability allows us to step into our own power a bit more thoroughly and embrace the honor and freedom associated with being true to our word. 


How to Solve the Mystery of Accountability: Unmasking the Bad Word

Instead of viewing accountability as a chore, let’s see it as an opportunity to live life to the fullest as the best version of ourselves. Through accountability, we have the chance to show up for others in a fashion that reinforces trust and growth. We’re not just barely meeting expectations; we’re greatly exceeding them as we hold ourselves accountable in every area of our lives. 


Here are some takeaways:

  1. What I find beautiful about accountability is the built-in empowerment that comes alongside it. We demonstrate our full potential through accountability, leveraging our power to push past our comfort zones. 

  2. Accountability serves as a cheat code for trust and integrity—not only to others but also to ourselves and for honoring our commitments. 

  3. Sometimes, we see accountability as a one-and-done thing; however, it’s a life-long process that helps establish positive habits and behaviors leading to long-term success and fulfillment. 


How to Solve the Mystery of Accountability: Unmasking the Bad Word


Here are some steps to start embracing accountability today like a true detective: 

  1. Embrace the “Get To” Mindset: We don’t have to view accountability as a burden and a chore; instead, we can see it as a privilege – an opportunity to show up as our best selves and make a meaningful impact. 

  2. Practice Sherlock Holmes-ing and set Clear Goals: Do some sleuthing and determine what success looks like. If you are looking for a fun way to create those SMART goals, check out Full Out Coaching’s Free e-book here! 

  3. Remain Consistent and Dedicated. Just like our knees crack every time we squat (is this just me?), follow through on the promises to maintain and build momentum toward your goals. Don’t let up until you’ve cracked the case!

  4. Call in Reinforcements. Tap in with those who want to see you win! Everyone needs a Watson. Consider partnering with a Coach who can provide guidance, accountability, and personalized strategies for your success. 


You’ve got this! 


If accountability makes you feel like you must wash your mouth with some soap, but you’re ready to unmask the mysteries of accountability on your personal growth journey,  let’s connect! Through a complimentary discovery session with Full Out Coaching, we can unravel the secrets to success and turn your goals into reality. Let’s embrace accountability and live life to the fullest together!  



How to Solve the Mystery of Accountability: Unmasking the Bad Word



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