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Personal trainers have an incredible job. They work with clients who understand the effectiveness of accountability in getting in shape. Their clients recognize that they can reach their goals faster by utilizing the services of the trainer. Weightlifters would be foolish not to have someone “spot” them as they bench press their maximum poundage. And without a spotter, how could they know the real limits to their abilities?

Accountability is also how business functions. Can you imagine a work environment that has no expectations of its employees? Or, if there are expectations, no way of checking and verifying that expectations are being met? Yet many people run their own businesses and lives failing to recognize the goal achieving power of accountability.

So why is this principle so often neglected in our personal, spiritual and professional lives? This attitude of “rugged individualism” has killed so much potential it should be arrested for mass murder. Not asking for help is like sentencing your dream to a slow, excruciating death. Strong words, but true nevertheless. Accountability breathes life into the objectives you set for yourself.

And let’s squash this destructive belief: Having another person hold you accountable to achieving dreams and goals does not mean you are weak or soft. It actually is a display of your wisdom and determination to succeed. Tapping into the powerful motivator of keeping your integrity before the eyes of a person you respect will get you out of bed when you don’t feel like it. And like a personal trainer, it will force you to do your very best when the self- motivation tank is on “E”, as it so happens to me and most other people I know and coach.

You’d be surprised to know that this strategy for life success is as old as the Bible. James 5:16 says to “confess your faults one to another and pray one for another, that you may be healed.” It also states in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 that “two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow, but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he has not another to help him up.” Many of us miss the mark by not following this simple, yet fundamental mandate from God’s Word.

I recall, as a paratrooper for the U.S. Army, receiving an Army Commendation Medal for performance during a field training exercise. My buddy and I both received the award, but I knew I could not have performed the tasks that was required of me without the assistance and accountability provided by my teammate Byron. We expected excellence from each other and delivered. He held me accountable as his team chief, and I did the same for him as my partner. And we both were rewarded for the results.

So if you don’t have someone holding you accountable for your performance in the important areas of your life, get someone quick. There’s so much of your potential you may be forfeiting by not utilizing this powerful tool. If you can’t find a family member, friend or co-worker to help keep you accountable, hire a credible life coach or mentor. The investment in your success, in my unbiased opinion, is well worth it.

So now you have another key to open the door to your success. What are you waiting for? You have a dream to birth. Get an accountability system in place today to get you on the fastrack toward the incredible future God has purposed for you to live. Let’s make it happen!

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