Accountability is the reason for the pyramidical dynamic of the workplace. Most employees has no vested interest in the betterment of the company. Their objective is to accomplish enough to collect a paycheck. The manager holds the employees accountable for their productivity. In return, the manager gets a bigger paycheck for the stress of essentially babysitting employees.
The higher you go up on the managerial ladder, the higher the incentive based benefits are. This is what drives a company to prosper. Society has trained us to follow the mindset of promised incentives for accountability. As children, we are held accountable by a grading system. That grading system later becomes an incentive based system in the workplace. Because of this we have developed a need for supervision to even start a task. When in a sport like boxing, you must hold yourself accountable for the betterment of yourself. Personal accountability require one to take ownership and responsibility.
There is risk in this and there will be no one to blame but yourself. You will need to capable of asking yourself questions you don’t know the answer to and then find the answer. You’ll have to understand and accept a task. Once you do so you’ll have to avoid what I call JBS. Justifying bullshit.
To be a successful boxer you will need personal accountability because your coach will not be there every step of the way. You will need to be aware of your caloric intake, your cardio workouts, your preparation with fights, etc. Without this traits you will never get where you’d want to go.
And the first step of successfully getting where you want to go is a clear vision of a direction. I am guilty of not always following this rule. I chase more than one goal at a time and do not dedicate 100% of my attention to one goal. I want to be a comedian, a boxer, and keynote speaker (and now a writer). “The hunter that chases two rabbits catches neither one”. I have an abundance of rabbits I’m chasing and this may be the cause of a lack of success.
I JBS’d it for a while but I have made it a unilateral vision. I am boxing to keep myself relevant and continue being on the USA national team’s health insurance by remaining #1 in the country. I do stand up comedy to maintain my stage presence and work on my storytelling. I am writing learn to express myself clearer with less words. Also because speaking make more their money off of merchandise and books sell great. My ultimate goal is to be a speaker.
Being a championship boxer is a very difficult task. It’s almost unrealistic. But it’s the ‘unrealistic’ people that accomplish unreal thing. To be unrealistic you need to know what “real” is. That will require some honesty. Being unbiased about yourself is difficult when you’re in a sport that requires you to believe in yourself. Being accountable for yourself means constant self assessments comparing yourself to your previous self. You cannot give yourself constant pats on the back and expect the unbroken to fix itself. You’ve got to be your biggest critic and your biggest fan while not letting one get in the way of the other. Being accountable is more about being your biggest critic. Honesty in your weaknesses and performance is key. As I near the end of my heavy bag workout I think to myself “Yeah. That should be good enough” as an automatic reaction. Being personally accountable is heading that thought and respond “But is it good enough?”
There are so many boxers that have the ability to be better than me but the lack personal accountability. They are only held accountable when they are with their coach. You cannot workout 4 days a week with your coach and expect to be great. Your coach will not be there to stop you from hitting snooze on your alarm clock 8 times and skipping your morning run.
I’m a heavyweight boxer and there is no need for me to “make weight” but I must maintain a certain weight to keep agility. Must boxers do have to make weight for competition and struggle. But not because it’s difficult for their body achieve that weight but because it’s difficult for them to be personally accountable. Your coach will also not be there to slap that doughnut out your mouth as you struggle with weight. Making excuses is the biggest form of JBS. Excuses are tools of the incompetent. If you get knocked out it’s easy to say it was because of the locker room or the coach didn’t give you proper direction in the corner. Many boxers blame their coach and get a new coach without addressing what the actual issue was. That isn’t going to help you from being KO’d next time. This goes back to honesty being key.
The hardest thing about being personally accountable for yourself is having the ability to change. Having the ability to change requires the ability to have the self-realization you have a flaw, accepting that you can’t accept the flaw then executing the change. Solution is just identify what needs to be done. Resolution is the action of solving the problem. The change part is making it a habit. I fight with my hands down and I JBS’d by saying it help my punches come from angles opponents didn’t see coming. After getting dropped with a punch, I realized fighting with my hands down is a flaw. The solution was simple, put my hands up. I began shadow boxing an extra 4 rounds before every workout while consciously keeping my hands up. I accepted I had a flaw, a found a solution, I executed the resolution but I when I get comfortable in the ring my hands drop down. I’ve yet to make it a habit so I have yet to change. These things take time but more importantly it takes accountability.