What does personal accountability refer to? Accountability is the act of taking responsibility for your own actions and decisions. It is an essential aspect of personal development and growth. Being accountable allows you to take control of your life and make positive changes. Let's look at types of accountability and how working with me as your life and wellness coach can help accomplish and maintain your personal accountability.
There are two main types of accountability, Intrinsic Accountability and Extrinsic accountability
Intrinsic accountability is the sense of responsibility or ownership that comes from within you. It is a type of accountability that is self-imposed and arises from your personal values, beliefs, and sense of purpose.
Examples of intrinsic accountability include a sense of duty to do the right thing, a commitment to personal growth, or a desire to make a positive impact on the world. When you feel intrinsically accountable for your actions or decisions, you are more likely to act in ways that align with your values and goals, even when no external incentives or pressures are present.
Intrinsic accountability can be fostered through self-reflection, goal setting, and building a sense of purpose and meaning in your work or personal life. It can also be strengthened through practices such as mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-awareness.
Extrinsic accountability is accountability that is imposed from external sources such as laws, regulations, or social norms. Extrinsic accountability can also be imposed by people around you, including friends, family, counselors and even life and wellness coaches. Failure to meet these externally imposed standards, requirements, or expectations often result in negative, harmful consequences. Numerous studies throughout the years consistently show that extrinsic accountability is significantly less effective than intrinsic accountability.
Now let’s talk about how accountability and life and wellness coaching work together.
Accountability is a critical component of life and wellness coaching because, as I mentioned, it helps you stay committed to your goals and take the necessary actions to achieve them. Here are some ways we can incorporate accountability into life and wellness coaching sessions:
Goal setting: One of the first steps in your coaching sessions is to work together to set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals. By setting clear goals, we can establish a plan of action and track your progress.
Regular check-ins: I typically schedule regular check-ins with my clients to review progress, discuss challenges, and make adjustments to the plan if necessary. These check-ins provide a sense of accountability and help you stay on track towards your goals.
Action planning: I work with clients to develop a plan of action that outlines the specific steps you will take to achieve your goals. By breaking down large goals into smaller, manageable tasks, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and stay motivated.
Monitoring and feedback: I monitor progress and provide feedback to you, which helps you keep yourself accountable for your actions and adjust your approach as needed.
Encouragement and support: I also provide you with encouragement and support, helping you stay motivated and focused on your goals. This support can be particularly helpful during challenging times, such as when you experience setbacks or encounter obstacles.
Overall, accountability is an essential aspect of working with me as your life and wellness coach, as it helps you stay committed to your goals and to take the necessary actions to achieve them.
As your life and wellness coach, we will work together to explore many different methods of accountability, find ones that work for you, and integrate them throughout your life.