Sometimes I associate accountability with guilt. I've always said that I would make a good Catholic because I hate feeling guilty, which leads me to living a pretty true-to-my-word lifestyle. But accountability doesn't need to be a bad thing.
In running, just having a training plan keeps me accountable. I used to post a lot of my running stuff on Facebook for a kind of general accountability. No one was ever going to harp on me if I missed a run, but knowing it was out there in a public space led me to feeling like I had to run, no matter what.
Since joining RunnersConnect, I post less on Facebook because I have a new forum to do so. The benefit being that RC has a bunch of like-minded runners, so I'm not annoying the crap out of everyone. Actually, it's kind of the whole point of RC. Also, having a set plan every week, right there in my face (and printed out and posted on my fridge) means I can't ignore the work I have to do.
I also like to sign up for races to ensure that I'm going to continue to run and do the work. Like yesterday, I registered for the Fargo Marathon on May 21st. Before I've even run my first marathon. Yes, I'm a little crazy. But I think, no - I know, that this will keep my running through the winter.
But what about in every day life?
This little girl.
She's basically my everything. I can't tell her we're going to have ice cream by the lake and back out. Even if it is windy and 55 degrees.
Disappointment is a part of life, but there's no reason why I need to disappoint my daughter by not keeping my word. So even if I'm feeling horrible because I ate something I'm allergic to at lunch, we're still going to the museum like I promised her.
Because my family is my number one priority, and if I can't be accountable and dependable for them, then what else matters?