Being accountable is a funny thing. When you do everything you set out to do it’s a wonderful feeling to recognize it. To reach the finish line, to feel the satisfaction of a job well done. Especially if it wasn’t easy and you had to work really hard to get there. But the flip side is when you don’t quite make it to the finish line. When you come up short and you don’t want to look at it or acknowledge it at all. You let the “stuff” get in your way, you didn’t hold to your goals or commitments, you feel at a loss for how time went by so fast and you have to look at what you didn’t do rather than what you did. It’s a bummer…it doesn’t feel good…but take a good look anyway. Be honest, if you had big goals for 2010 look at them. I know I have. There are things I can be proud of and there are others that I cringe at but I am thankful that I got to write them down and that I get to be held accountable to them so I can wipe the slate clean and start again. Being accountable can feel not so good but it also means a fresh start. So if last year wasn’t the year you hoped for or aimed for – acknowledge it – and LET IT GO. It’s time for making new big, hairy, audious goals for 2011.