Wouldn’t you buy an insurance policy that guaranteed that you’d be a successful entrepreneur? The insurance is called, accountability! If you’ve worked in a corporation, you had to be accountable to your boss. Maybe you didn’t like it, but you needed to be answerable to keep your job. As an entrepreneur, there’s no one to keep you accountable but yourself. Ultimately, it’s one of the greatest secrets to your success.

Accountability is important because it helps you to move forward on a regular basis; to reach your goals or try something new to insure success. It’s too easy to slack off when you work for yourself; to declare that it’s a beach day or to procrastinate in general. It makes you responsible to yourself and for your success. It sets you apart from your competition and absolutely beats willpower.

Writing down your goals is a good way to commit to them. It can be a ‘to do list’ or even small notes stuck around your computer. As you accomplish each one, eliminate it. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as you achieve each task. Want even more security? Set due dates for your goals!

Another sure-fire action is investing in yourself by hiring a coach. It’s an investment that pays off in the end. Nothing like a weekly call with someone who is knowledgeable in your field and keeps you on track. Reporting to someone else gives you energy and reinforces your commitment. Coaches push us to get beyond our self-created limits. They’re our cheerleaders, pace setters and accountability partners.

One more piece of advice: reinforce your answer-ability by telling friends about your goals. It helps you to commit when you know someone can come back and ask, “How’s it going?”