If you follow me on Twitter or somewhere else in social media, you might have noticed my early morning posts, usually between 4 to 5 a.m. about going on a run or hitting the gym for a workout. There’s always a comment from someone saying “I don’t know how you do this. You must have a lot of self-discipline.” The truth is that I have some self-discipline, but what I have most is a built-in system of accountability and expectations.
Left on my own, I can justify staying in bed every morning and postponing my workouts until later in the day. But with my busy agenda at work, heavy travel schedule and family responsibilities, I know that if I don’t exercise early in the morning, I won’t do it at all. Most days getting out of bed at 4:30 for a run in the dark is 10% inspiration and 90% accountability.
Over the past few years I have developed strategic relationships to keep me accountable to 1. show up and 2. push myself beyond my comfort zone. Not only some of these people have become great friends, they have inspired and trained me into becoming a better long-distance runner, and a stronger, overall healthier person. All of it without spending a dime on personal training.
Maybe Hillary Clinton was right, and it does take a village to raise a child, and, I might add, keep us accountable.
What part of your life needs more accountability than self discipline?
What are you going to do about i?