The Marriage of Accountability And Mindfulness
I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes for people to show up at their very best, every moment of every day. I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again - A good life is made up of good years, good months, good weeks, good days, good hours, good minutes, and good moments. The only thing we truly have control over is the present moment, so we must place our focus in the present to have a more meaningful life.
Living in the moment is mindfulness. It’s being fully aware of the environments around you and self-aware of how they’re affecting you, and how that makes you feel. The more you can direct your attention toward the present moment, and not reliving the past or forecasting the future, the more mindful you’re being.
Now as it relates to what we do in those moments, we’re best suited to draw inspiration from the vision of the life we want to live - The values we embody, the standards we uphold, the boundaries we enforce, and the activities that deliver the most benefit to our lives. This is accountability.
Now here’s the important connection, the marriage of the two - When you live a fully accountable life (taking ownership of everything that you do and happens to you) and you’re doing so with full awareness and mindfulness in the moment, now you’re living with intentionality.
To live intentionally is to have a purpose behind everything you do. It’s to realize you always have a choice and you’re accountable to making the right choice, having fully evaluated the implications of each decision. It requires mindfulness to honestly quantify those tradeoffs so that you can make the decisions that cause you to live with more alignment.
The North Star in my personal development is to live with as much intentionality as possible. Having the idea is one thing and following through on it is another, which is why I’ve created an intentional living process that I call my Self Improvement Operating System. It is incredibly powerful in how it holds me accountable to making the right decisions consistently throughout the day, helping me to experience life with more peace, excitement, discipline, and consistency.
Of course I am a work in progress, and so is this system, but if you want to incorporate the exact process I use to improve every aspect of my life, which has been fine-tuned for almost a decade now, that’s exactly what we’ll do together in the 21 day Best Self Breakthrough Challenge.
At the end of the day, this challenge will help you to show up as the best version of yourself in every moment of every day. Want to maximize your potential and the mark you’re capable of leaving on this world? These next 21 days could be the kickstart you needed to live your best life.