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Personal accountability is a goal for many creator. To be answerable to oneself... be one's own boss is empowering and freeing. #SelfAccountable #BeYourOwnBoss #PersonalAccountability #iCreateDaily #Feedback #SelfCriticism

Personal accountability is an ultimate goal of most creators. Why? Because self accountability is autonomy. It’s about answering to oneself… managing and disciplining yourself.

There’s a common trend amongst people to lament that they’re their own worst critic. Generally, whenever we proclaim this, friends and family will rush in to comfort and reassure us and advise us to not be too hard on ourselves. 

But there’s another view. 

Worst Critic or Best Friend?

If you have a growth mindset, self criticism is simply feedback for learning and growth toward improving. Greet your inner critic as your best friend and benevolent coach, and she will become so. 

Welcome her with delight when she shows up for whatever she has to share to help you learn and grow. Dance with her, argue with her, and then hug her and thank her for having your best interests in mind. If she goes overboard then put her in her place and tell her that’s enough for now.

Personal accountability and our inner critic are tools of conscience, and conscience is a tool of the soul for getting our attention. They’re all assets if used objectively, wisely, and compassionately.

The Mature Creator

The mature and serious creator is an eager learner and welcomes feedback and personal accountability. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t sometimes sting, and it doesn’t mean that you’ll always agree, but it means you’re ready to implement suggestions for improvement for you’re ever open and receptive to growth. 

When we thrive on growth, we also thrive on feedback, accountability and pushing beyond our comfort zone. We don’t waste time excusing, explaining or defending, for that is trying to protect what is versus considering what could be. Growth is ever about that next vista view.

If it Hurts

Working our muscles in the gym can “sting” too, but in so doing we get stronger, better and more capable. Same for creative feedback. Embrace feedback as nurturing your growth. 

If it hurts a little, then we’re sure to be growing, like the muscle in exercise. If it hurts too much, then we’ve gone too far and need to take it a little more slowly. Either way, we’re making progress by being open to it.

The more we become accountable to ourselves, the stronger and better we’ll grow to be in every area of life. 

“Self discipline is self love.”
~Will Smith, actor, b.9/25/1968

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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. It’s 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

I can achieve so much more with a little added structure. #PersonalAccountability #Goals #SettingGoals #Productivity #AchieveYourGoals #Motivation

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, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®

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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.

When you fully 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. When it’s up to you, that means you can choose to make it happen by the efforts you make each day, one day at a time.

Personal accountability to your dreams is invigorating and intimidating. But to embrace it is to be free to become more of who you’re here to be.

Empowerment is never about blame, it is about taking personal responsibility.
~Bryant McGill, Social media influencer, thought leader, author, b.11/7/1969

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 find yourself 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 seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®

Becoming Your Best

You become your best vision of yourself with each effort you make to achieve while others play. Your creations 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. She will keep you accountable to your best self.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®

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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, iCreateDaily.com

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Accountable to Your Dreams

“Personal accountability to your dreams is invigorating. To embrace it is to be free to become more of who you’re here to be.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®

Self Love

“I think self-love is all about pushing yourself, demanding of yourself that you stretch and reach your boundaries.”
~ LeVar Burton, American actor, presenter, director, author, b.2/16/1957

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