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Accountability in the new year


The holidays are over, it’s a new month, a new year.  In a sense, January provides us with a clean slate, a fresh start.  There’s a newness of where we are heading or what we could be about, what we could accomplish in the new year.  We might have trips to plan, pounds to lose, friends to call, rooms to paint, a job change to implement, or books waiting to be read.  January can be a month of new intentions.  As we know, wanting is one thing and accomplishing is another.

For those of us in the northern climates, winter can provide indoor time for us to look inside ourselves, not just at ourselves but also really in ourselves.  Like the snow that blankets the ground, we spend more time inside to be insulated from the elements of winter.  We can use this time on the inside as a gift rather than as a detriment.  While on the inside, we can take the season that nature provides to take stock of where we are physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.  We can take time to go inside our house, our person where mind, body, & soul come together.

Yes, January is not just about resolutions; it is a good time to take stock of what’s inside and to consider, what could use a personal winter tune-up?  What can I commit to or recommit to this month, this winter?  What am I willing to let go of?  What would sustain my health…mind, body, and spirit until spring returns?  Maybe this is Mother Nature’s way of giving us time and space to be with ourselves as we wait for spring.

Are you ready to go inside? 

The good news…it’s January!  There’s still time…time to be accountable, to do something to answer the call, your call…to get back on track and stay on track.  Even if you did not make a New Year’s resolution, you can still “jumpstart” you life today.  There’s still a lot of living to do according to my calendar.

So, step up, show up, and choose to be accountable.  There are basic steps to being accountable and staying accountable.  It’s about you and who you be.  It takes attention and intention. 

There are 5 basic questions to ask yourself:

1.  What am I going to do?  (Get a plan, an idea, a goal.  Say it aloud.  Write it down.  Be specific.  Be concise.  Make it tangible.  Review it daily.)  For example: “I will apply

for 5 jobs this week because it’s a new fiscal year.”


2.  Why am I doing this?  (You are ready for action and not merely wishful thinking. Are you ready to make it happen?  Why are you willing to step into action?)

3.  When will I do it?  (This is about commitment.  What is your timeline?  What is your deadline?  Keep a log of your actions and plot your progress.) 

4.  How will I accomplish it?  What steps will lead to your success?  (Remember, most goals are accomplished by baby steps rather than a quantum leap.)

5.  Who will know if I am accountable?  (You will!  It can be helpful to have support to stay accountable.  Tell your spouse or friend about what you want to accomplish.  Some hire a professional coach when the usual methods of support fall short or are inadequate.)


Yes, it’s winter.  Our cars might get stuck due to the snow, but we don’t have to be! 


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