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We kicked off this year on Monday with me talking to you about the power of The Compound Effect and not focusing on all those End of Year Goals all at once. Small daily wins are where it’s at. We celebrate our small daily wins. We let them compound into massive results over time.
Today, I want to talk to you about personal accountability.
Accountability is such a buzzword in this industry. Whenever I talk to agents they say: “Hey, how do I hold my team accountable? How do I hold myself accountable?”
This “accountability” idea: we overthink it. We overthink it because we think there’s some magic way to do this or we think there’s a big system or process that we need to have. The reality is: it’s super simple.
I’m going to tell you the number one factor, the number one action that you can, and I hope you will, take today to create personal accountability.
Whatever it is that you want to accomplish today: tell somebody.
Say it out loud.
Tell a group of people, tell everybody.
Because what we don’t want to be in life is a failure. Or a loser. And I know that sounds harsh. But if we state our intentions out loud, we don’t want to fail. We don’t want to lose. We want personal accountability to drive us to get that done.
So here’s the deal: Whatever you have in your head is a dream.
Once you take a pen and you write that down on paper: now you have a goal. You have a written goal that should be posted in front of you.
But if you want to create ultimate accountability, take those words and reach out to an accountability partner, or your agent, or a peer, or your entire team (which is what I would encourage you to do) and say “hey, this is what I’m going to do today and before I leave today I want you to check back in with me to see if I got that done. Just ask me.”
Don’t overthink this thing.
In your head: it’s a dream.
Write it on paper: it becomes a goal.
Verbalize it out loud to someone else in your circle who you know is going to come back and ask you if you got it done: Now it’s a commitment and now your behaviors are going to change.
You are going to work harder to get that thing done because you’ve committed to somebody else, or a team of other people, that this is what I’m going to do and you don’t want to fail, you don’t want to lose.
And now you’re going to prioritize your day to make sure that you get those one, two, or three things done.
So if you want something that you can take immediate action on today: Do it. Do this.
Don’t just watch this video and go ‘oh, that’s nice’ or ‘yea, that makes sense’ or ‘yea, maybe that’s something I should do in the future.’
No, do it today.
You’re at work today. You’re watching this video today. You have a goal to win today.
Whatever that is, say it out loud to someone at your agency or a group of people, or your entire agency.
And by the end of today, I guarantee you either hit that goal or you worked a lot harder to hit that goal than you normally would have because now you’ve made a commitment.