Attention + Accountability: Putting a Success Plan into Action

In my recent blog posts, we’ve been talking a lot about success concepts:  Clarity, Intention, Attention and Focus. These four elements are covered in detail by my co-authors and I in our book, “Do Eagles Just Wing It?”

If you’ve been following me, you’ve done a lot of conceptual work. A lot of thinking and planning.

  • You’ve figured out your dreams, what success looks like for you
  • You’ve got your mission, vision, and values
  • You’ve identified your Critical Success Factors
  • You’ve got your list of Waypoints

In other words you’ve got your plan.

Now it’s time to shift from thinking and planning to doing. Attention and Focus are about executing your plan. What are you going to do today, tomorrow, the next day? How are you going to keep the work in mind, track your progress, minimize distractions?

First, let’s talk about Attention. One of the problems people have with getting the most out of this process is they do all this planning, they get their waypoints, but then things get set aside and forgotten about.

So a focus on attention is about keeping that from happening. What can you do to make sure you’re paying attention to your tasks, to the plan?

The main thing is to have some sort of calendar or task management system, and use that to track your plan. Also, some sort of filing system. There are many tools for this, but none more important than actually using them.

By the way, a great help with this is having an Accountability Partner. An accountability buddy is someone with whom you share your progress and plans. For example, you can call each other for ten minutes to report your task completions. It can make all the difference in helping you keep your attention on your plan. It’s one thing to put things on your calendar. It’s quite another to have someone else waiting to call you out if you don’t do them.

So these are the elements of Attention. While these things may appear simple, it’s where many people drop the ball. They lose their attention to details that add up at the end of the day, week, month to meaningful success.

What do you think about this? Are you paying attention and do you have a system to track your progress? Are you using a friend, mentor or coach to help you stay on track?

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