The Magic Pill
It seems that when it comes to improvement, almost everyone is searching for the Magic Pill. Give me something I can take, something that I don’t have to think about or even believe in, that will work. And it better be a “one and done” Magic Pill, because if you are talking about commitment or work, don’t even talk to me.
The truth is, the Magic Pill does exist, but unfortunately it is not a pill. It’s called Accountability. Crazy as it sounds, being held accountable to what you have committed to do actually works! The problem is, if you agree to being held Accountable, that means you have agreed to Personal Responsibility. Yikes! Now that is completely out of the question! How can you actually suggest that people should take Personal Responsibility for what they have agreed to do?
We actually have an automated Accountability system that we use with our corporate clients called Ziglar VIP. It gets amazing results and requires an incredible 10 minutes per week to use for each participant. Still, we have many customers who have access to this system who don’t get results. Why? Because Accountability is a two-way street. Management has no problem paying thousands of dollars for training, but then asking management to actually spend 10 minutes a week to check on their team members and hold them Accountable, this is where the system breaks down.
Want to improve your performance? Try out Accountability and Personal Responsibility, and then dedicate 10 minutes a week to it.