Updated: Nov 11, 2021
Why does accountability matter? It may sound like a silly question, but being accountable for one's goals is often one of the hardest parts of owning a business. It can be incredibly easy to let something slip by, saying that you will get to it tomorrow, next week, or next month, only to never end up doing it.
As a business owner, you are the primary person to ensure that your company's goals are met. That means that accountability starts with you. It is only after you are consistently accountable for your goals can you properly delegate and hold others (partners, team members, or employees) responsible for their part in your business.
How to be Accountable for Your Business Goals
Step 1: Set Clear, Actionable Goals
The first step in being accountable for your business goals is creating the goals in the first place. We talked about creating clear, smart goals in our Key Steps to Breaking Down Your Business Goals article. Remember, you must make clear goals with actionable steps in your business plan. Take the time to break down your goals, understand why they are important to you and your business, and the actions you would need to take to accomplish them in a reasonable amount of time.
Step 2: Prioritize & Break Down Tasks
Next, you need to prioritize and break down your business goals into baby steps. Like they say, "Rome wasn't built in a day," and neither is your business. The goal is to simply accomplish one thing towards your goal each and every day. For mo