Being Accountable to One's Self
The unused gym membership, the unfinished bird house in the garage, the blank journal on your desk... all pushed aside. Would your attempt differ in its outcome if the orders came from your boss rather than yourself? Why do we give our best attempts in the workforce and then dish out mediocrity in our own world, towards our own passions? Sure, you may not feel passionate about that gym visit, but shouldn't the accountability to yourself be held to the same standard as the work task? Why do we middle with the projects in which we only have ourselves to answer to? Why is so much of our lives defined by the job title we carry and the job performance we deliver? Work takes our cake and we've learned to live on the crumbs.
We mirror electronic devices with weakening batteries, slowly shutting down when we have only ourselves and our family to answer to. Are they not held in the same regard as the boss that signs our paychecks, are we not that vital in our own lives? The problem we face is not just one of finding more physical stamina at the end of a grueling work day, it is in changing the mindset in order to place value in the promises and goals we have made for ourselves. Why is our personal life continually compressed into our days off, shouldn't we nurse our dreams a little of every day that we are given?
It is an odd issue, when you recognize the negative effect that not meeting personal goals can have on your mind. The interesting truth of it all is just how much of an impact being accountable to yourself can have on the professional you. When you better yourself, it trickles down to all the building blocks of your existence. Shouldn't your children see you making a legitimate effort towards the dreams you have for yourself? Shouldn't we adopt a "completion is required" outlook when we set out towards a personal goal? What is the personal impact you hope to make?
The obvious point here is that we are forever relevant to our own lives, we are in our own mind, living with our self every second of every day. Why then is our self improvement not getting the best we have to offer? We must adopt a personal accountability and make the time to build the world we want for ourselves.