It’s You: Why Accountability Matters

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by STEVE KPA

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A huge part of success is accountability.  Holding yourself responsible for your actions and choices speaks volumes to the type of education and upbringing you had, and is a determinant for how you set and achieve goals. This is true in any aspect of life, but it’s arguably easiest to observe in training and nutrition.

What’s Your Excuse?

[E]veryone has things that are out of their control; everyone has the capacity to learn for themselves; and everyone has 24 hours in a day.
So you’ve made that first step by joining a gym. That’s great! You show up to class sort of consistently, albeit always late, and you make an effort to ask the coach the finer details of building muscle, eating right, and training properly for your goals. But things just aren’t going your way because “life happens” and other things are to blame rather than yourself. Eventually, you fall off and blame the gym for your failure. We all know this person. Here’s the hard truth: everyone has things that are out of their control; everyone has the capacity to learn for themselves; and everyone has 24 hours in a day. It’s up to you to manage accordingly.

​Unfortunately, the contemporary mindset is that it’s okay to just accept that there are greater forces at work causing problems, which creates the false sense of entitlement for a lot of people who feel their opinions and excuses really matter. There’s always some kind of scapegoat. Sugar made you overweight? No. Eating too much made you overweight. You’re always late because (insert excuse here)? No. You failed to plan accordingly to make it on time and respect the time of others. You’re not seeing body fat loss or strength gain because the coach or gym? No. You failed to commit to the hard work and discipline of a consistent, tough, and intelligent training plan. This list can go on.

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