“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince (1532)
Many people find themselves inspired after a fiery speech, a speech that drives right to the core of their emotional center. With that new sense of spirit and energy of the event many people commit themselves to action, an action to change. In a week after the luster of the energy has worn off and the daily routines take over the impetus for change becomes a distant memory. That once powerful force for change lies dormant and quiet. What happened?
One of the key factors in successful change is having an accountability partner, someone who is going to work to ensure that each committed goal is adhered to. Research shows that without having some form of accountability over 90% of change efforts fail. It is easy to see that change efforts fail. Just take an inventory of the times you tried to change something, well intentioned, highly motivated and sincerely desiring change that never materialized to the degree you desired. Just take a look at New Year’s resolutions or weight loss programs, how many people succeed in meeting their objectives, not many. Those are the obvious change efforts that result in potentially expensive programs that yield little or no results. Personal or professional change is hard to do and that is the reason that so many top performer’s hire coaches to move them to a higher zone of performance.
Motivation, desire, and accountability do result in lasting change. Accountability is what is needed for change to take hold and become lasting.