Personal Accountability and the Ultimate Critic

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The ultimate critic is within. You. You are your own best friend… and your own worst critic. Both are assets if used objectively, wisely and compassionately. Personal accountability is ultimately a goal of all creators.

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The Serious Artist

Self accountability… to answer to yourself… is the maturing of the creative spirit into the serious artist, able to get stuff done. That stuff, is about bringing your work to light and into the world, where it can touch hearts, open minds and inspire.

I am inspired by how much more I can achieve with a little added structure and accountability.
~Lynne Hundley, artist, retired pastor, writer & editor

Personal Accountability

Ultimately, we’re each accountable to ourselves.

Your achieving—or not achieving–your goals will impact you more than anyone else. Only you know whether your words excuse or own… avoid or create what you really want in life. Only you can achieve the life you really want.

Even if you happened to win the lottery, of have that rich aunt who died and left you a fortune, you would quickly realize that it was not the wealth that matters. Rather, it’s who you become as you’re acquiring wealth through your work ethics, discipline and integrity to self and others.

And it’s by doing the hard stuff, failing, falling and getting back up to achieve victory even—or especially— when it’s difficult.

What you do or do not achieve will impact you more than anyone else.
~LeAura Alderson,

You Cannot Delegate Your Life

We’re all for outsourcing and delegating tasks that are not our strengths, so that we can focus on things that are. We all need to focus first on things that move the needle of our business ahead farther and faster.

For iCreateDaily, we have VA’s—virtual assistants—helping us in our business, and we’re steadily growing that team. However, some things can never be outsourced.

You cannot pay someone to get fit for you. Health and fitness doesn’t work that way.

Similarly, you cannot pay someone else to do your art… to do the work that only you can do. You cannot dream of ideas and wish they were so. Your art unfolds day by day, effort by effort, one word, one page, one sheet at a time.

As you grow in success, you can certainly expand your opportunities to employ others to do more of the work you’d rather not do. Until then, if you’re serious about creating, whether it’s for the love of it or to be a sustainable business, you’ll need to push through the hard stuff and do the things you don’t care to.

To realize that there’s no one to rescue you and no one to give you permission, you’re free to create the life of your dreams. One day at a time.

Empowerment is never about blame, it is about taking personal responsibility.
~Bryant McGill, Social media influencer, thought leader, author

How to Improve Personal Accountability in 5 Simple Steps

  1. DECIDE – make up your mind to be accountable… to do what needs to be done.
  2. COMMIT – to yourself; a commitment is a promise. Keep your promise to yourself.
  3. STATE IT – out loud – tell your family and friends and enlist their support to help you stay accountable.
  4. PLAN – set and track quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily goals.
  5. DO – the work – just get it done. Work your goals daily. Tweak and adjust as needed.

Shall we elaborate on each of these? No. You know what needs to be done. If you’re resisting or asking too many how-to questions, chances are you’re stalling.

The best learning happens in the doing. The answers to your questions live there.

Don’t overcomplicate things. For best results, create your plan based on your goals, break it down into daily tasks, tweak and refine it as you go. Creating and working your goals keeps you accountable.

Personal accountability is simple. It’s simply seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
~LeAura Alderson,

Becoming Your Best

You become your best vision of yourself with each effort you make to achieve while others play. Your art becomes your play. The artist entrepreneur’s zone is where she is productively at work that feels like play; work that energizes and inspires. Creating is the artist’s Mecca.

The thing about personal accountability through setting and achieving your goals, is that it’s empowering. The more you work on achieving your goals the stronger and more capable you become.

Setting and achieving goals is empowering. The more you do the more you can do, and the more you want to do.

The ultimate critic is within. That is the voice to answer to.
~LeAura Alderson,

Be Accountable to Your Dreams

There has never been a better time in the history of the world for creators to create. It’s an amazing blessing to live in an era where creators can take their art directly to their audience. There is no middleman needing to approve you; no gatekeeper to let you in (or not) to the favored artist “club”; no elite echelon, unattainable to unknowns.

It is a time like no other for reaching out and touching your audience directly. Writing from your heart to theirs. Painting from your soul to theirs. Singing from your depths to theirs. Raw, unfiltered… heart to heart.

How incredibly propitious to live in a time where you are free to create daily… to do your art with abandon.

To help you stay on track with your goals, we recommend the iCreateDaily 90 Day Goals Journal. You can get a free 30-day download or the 90 day physical journal here.

Creativity is my core.
~LeAura Alderson,

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