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 EAP 93: Learning to Let Go - Embracing Endings and Beginnings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:12:51

Welcome to Part 2 of the Early Accountability podcast discussion of knowing how to end a chapter. With just two months left in this year – and this decade! – it can be tempting to skip ahead and start planning how to begin the new year, but an effective beginning comes only after an effective ending. You can’t commit to new endeavors and goals if you haven’t wrapped up the old ones, and perhaps it would be helpful for us to look at this process through the lens of an author. 1. “Break chapters when your story requires a shift. Changes of place, changes of time and changes of point of view are all excellent places for chapter breaks. Sometimes, our stories necessitate them.” (The Writer’s Digest) – Most people recognize when it is time for a change in their lives: a change of pace, a change of scenery, a change of location, etc. Take a look at what you need to do in your life to close the current chapter and make that change to a new start. 2. “Offer Wisdom: wisdom is a crucial ingredient in all great books; wisdom can be a fantastic way to end a chapter.” (The John Fox) – Often, looking back at the lessons you have learned during this chapter can give you the perspective that you need to understand that you are ready to move on. 3. “Use your chapter endings to look back and to look forward. No, not every problem is resolved, but there will be some closure. Not every chapter will have the same degree of closure as surrounding chapters.” (The Editor’s Blog) – Especially with relationships, it can be difficult to accept that there might not always be closure and you will have to move forward anyway. The Sankofa bird demonstrates the importance of looking back at the knowledge previously learned while still moving forward and applying those lessons to new experiences. 4. “Create an Arrival: Chapters don't have to end at the conclusion of a scene. They can end at the beginning of the next scene. It’s paradoxical, but your endings should be beginnings.” (The John Fox) – Endings are really new beginnings if you embrace the gaps and overlaps in between. A great example of this is graduations being called “commencements”, indicating that the completion of that degree is really the beginning of your next chapter. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Ending a chapter • The art of detachment • Wrapping up and letting go • Being confident in your endings Links: https://thejohnfox.com/2018/07/12-ways-to-end-a-chapter https://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/complete-first-draft/3-ways-to-know-when-to-end-your-chapters https://theeditorsblog.net/2012/04/11/dual-duties-of-chapter-endings

 EAP 92: Learning to Let Go - How to End a Chapter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:26

EAP 92: Learning to Let Go - How to End a Chapter by Kimi Walker

 EAP 91: Want Results? Stop Making These 3 Excuses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:24

With the holidays approaching, many people feel like they can’t set or accomplish new goals because there is too much going on. These feelings usually manifest as excuses, such as these common ones: 1. “I would _____ if I only had more time.” – Everyone is given the same 24 hours every day, so chances are if you feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done that you are overcommitted or you aren’t managing your time well. There is always something that needs to get done, so be intentional about prioritizing activities based on their urgency and importance. 2. “I have so much going on with _____.” – During the first few weeks and months of a new job or after the birth of a child, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and struggle somewhat to keep up with other aspects of life or commitments. There should come a time, however, when you have established a “new normal” that is pretty stable and you can find a rhythm for productivity, learning how to live this multi-dimensional life by creating more space for yourself in the mornings or at night. 3. “Next year, I will ______.” – You have more than enough time left in 2019 to start something new this year. Don’t discount November and December just because you might have obligations or commitments related to the holidays. This is especially a good time to launch a new business because people are looking to spend money on gifts. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Excuses to avoid • Taking responsibility • Being effective and efficient with your time • Living a multi-dimensional life

 EAP 90: Finish the Year Strong | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:32

This episode of the Early Accountability Podcast is focused on how to finish out 2019 strong and transition well into 2020. With the holidays coming up, the next few months can slip away without you having a chance to take stock of where you are and where you want to be, to take this opportunity to pause and take these 6 steps: 1. Get clear – Write down 3 goals or accomplishments you want to complete in the new year. Focus intently on the top 3 priorities so you won’t get distracted by having too many goals. 2. Make space for yourself – Spend some time removing clutter from your living and working spaces, providing you with true spaces of rest and productivity and opening up more mental space for future opportunities. Think about your holiday traditions and evaluate whether you need to continue doing those things or make some adjustments. 3. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and need – Be honest with your loved ones if you need their assistance or resources for anything going on in your life. It can be a stressful season with the expectation of giving many gifts, so reach out if you’re going through some tough times. 4. Reconnect with others – Make time to spend quality time with your loved ones without distractions. Embrace that time and don’t give into the guilt of not being productive because your relationships are just as important as your work. 5. Take some things off your plate – Look at everything you have going on in your life right now and all of your commitments to determine if there is anything that you can let go of. Set yourself up in the new year to have plenty of space for your new goals and priorities by closing the chapters of your life that need to be closed. 6. Spend some time in reflection – Be aware of all the good that is around you and express that gratitude. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Transitioning well into the new year • Finishing this year strong • Gaining clarity • Evaluating your priorities • Reflection and gratitude

 EAP 89: Moving in Silence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:24

On this episode of the Early Accountability Podcast, Kimi gets a bit more personal on the topic of stepping out on faith, describing a journey she has been going through for the past several months. It became clear to Kimi earlier this year that she needed to adjust how she works and what that could practically look like. While there are plenty of times for community and collaboration in making big and small decisions, she felt that this journey was meant to be taken alone. By taking the time to process internally what she has been thinking and feeling about the future of her work, she has been able to get grounded, evaluate what has and hasn’t worked in the past, and grow personally. This process of self-discovery and self-affirmation has brought her to a great place where she feels confident with her decisions about the future rather than potentially being swayed by the opinions of others if she had shared her plans sooner. Seeking out counsel from trusted advisors before making a move certainly has its place, but sometimes it is best to come to your own conclusions and make a mental shift in silence before making your questions or plans public. When the time comes to talk about what you are doing, the people who care about you will support you. You know what you need right now, so trust yourself enough to take control of your own future and reach those goals. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Stepping out on faith • Navigating changes and transitions • Moving in silence • When to do things on your own • Mental shifts

 EAP 88: Walking by Faith | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:11

The topic of this episode of the Early Accountability Podcast is stepping out on faith. Whether you are religious or not, you have likely encountered a time in your life when you could choose to stay where you are or step out in faith that something bigger is ahead. By choosing to get out of your comfort zone and entrust the results to a higher power, you have to potential to achieve great goals. Here are a few of Kimi’s tips for stepping out on faith: 1. Learn to face fear – While you might still have questions and insecurities about the end result, facing your fears will build character and open up your potential for achieving great things. 2. Acknowledge unsettling feelings – Starting something new or committing to stop a habit is uncomfortable, and admitting that to yourself will make it seem less scary or unnatural. 3. Trust that there is good out there – Perhaps you have asked yourself “Is this really all there is?” The answer is no, there are bigger and better things in store for those who step out on faith. 4. Remember that you deserve good – Sure, you believe that other people deserve for good things to happen to them, but what about you? It is ok to be discontent with your current circumstances and want better things to happen. Believe that you deserve good and affirm those beliefs often. 5. Know that there will be challenges – Nothing good comes easily, so expect challenges and don’t be discouraged. 6. Affirm that you are equipped to handle those challenges – Recognize that all of your previous challenges have prepared you for the ones ahead, so accept them when they come and be confident that you can overcome. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Stepping out on faith • Accepting challenges • Achieving your goals • Reaching for more • Trusting the process

 EAP 87: Young & Retired - Breaking Stigmas & Building Communities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:16

EAP 87: Young & Retired - Breaking Stigmas & Building Communities by Kimi Walker

 EAP 86: Face the Issues, Chose to Heal, & Embrace the Growth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:20

On this episode of the Early Accountability Podcast, our guest is Swiss, a woman who has experienced her fair share of trauma and loss and has chosen to commit to picking herself back up. Swiss grew up in Switzerland and in an effort to run away from childhood trauma and feelings of abandonment, she moved to the U.S. when she was 16. As it turns out, running away from your problems and unhealed wounds doesn’t make them go away, and Swiss felt the impacts of them into adulthood. A few years ago, she was in a relationship with a man with whom she had been friends for several years before they started dating. She was putting everything into that relationship, and even though other people told her that she was losing herself in someone else who didn’t feel as strongly about her, she continued on with the same fervor. Abruptly and unexpectedly, he passed away. Since Swiss had put so much of herself into that relationship, she really struggled to make sense of it all, feeling numb at first, then disoriented, then depressed and lost in the world. She turned back to God and sought His help during this time of grief, but she realized that she needed more help. She had been so ashamed at the thought of needing to go to therapy because she didn’t want people to think that she was crazy, but she found that her friends were actually very supportive of her going to therapy. Her therapist helped her figure out that there were so many unresolved feelings lingering from her childhood and from the unexpected death of another friend many years before, and she began working through those difficult feelings of abandonment. Through therapy, Swiss has learned that it is ok to be in the lowest valley for a time, but you cannot let yourself stay there. She was also encouraged by reading about Biblical characters who struggled with deep agony and the feeling of failure but did not give up or lose sight of their ultimate purpose. She wants everyone to know that you will get stronger, even if it takes time, that there is a plan and a purpose for your life, and that you should not be ashamed of your struggles. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Childhood trauma • Getting the help you need • Not being ashamed of who you are • Don’t give up Connect with Swiss: https://www.facebook.com/findyourself01

 EAP 85: Fitness Is Not a Game - How to Play the Hand You Were Dealt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:41

Krystal Taylor is a personal trainer and certified fitness and nutritional coach. She considers herself a “late bloomer” when it comes to fitness and nutrition, deciding to make a lifestyle change after having her second child because she was not content with how she felt. In 2014, she entered a fitness competition which really solidified her life choices and set her up in the eyes of those around her as a subject matter expert. She started providing nutritional plans and workouts to anyone who asked her for her help, and she really started to comprehend that this could become a career for her when her husband convinced her to start charging for these plans and shifting her acquaintances and friends to be her clients. She overcame her insecurities about her insufficiency and became a certified fitness and nutritional specialist so that she would have the research and science to back up her theories about fitness. Krystal encourages everyone to first shift your mindset about what you think “meal planning” and “working out” should look like. Meal planning doesn’t have to be several hours spent in the kitchen to completely prepare all of your meals for the week, but rather it consists of assembling some pre-portioned snacks for quick access, coming up with a weekly menu, and prepping some ingredients ahead of time to make the actual dinner cooking process faster and easier. Working out should really just be considered “moving your body” according to Krystal, who advocates for everyone to be active for 30 minutes every day, either all at once or spaced out throughout the day. Something as simple as walking a few minutes before work, during breaks, and after dinner could make a huge difference in the way you feel in your body. Like many others in the fitness space, Krystal encourages people to set goals that do not revolve primarily around losing a certain amount of weight but rather around inches lost or self-esteem gained. To find out more about Krystal’s programs, including her Fit, Fine, and Fabulous app, visit her website for more information. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Fitness is not a game • Mindset shifts about nutrition • Reframing a “workout” • Fitness is not about the scale

 EAP 84: Combat the Need to Compare | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:59

Our topic on this episode of the Early Accountability Podcast is comparison, and how cutting back on the opportunities for comparison is helpful and beneficial. It has often been said that comparison is the thief of joy, and to take it a step further: comparison can sometimes keep us from starting new or challenging things. There are some environments where comparison is constructive and motivating, but if you find yourself in a situation or mindset that is counterproductive, consider these tactics for cutting back on comparison: 1. Celebrate small wins – If it is significant to you, it is worth celebrating and sharing with others. This can be anything from making it to the gym on time to drinking a certain amount of water every day for a week to not letting a toxic relationship get to you. 2. Don’t become a Bitter Betty – Learn to be happy for other people when they succeed, even if it is hard for you to see them doing something that you have been wanting to do. The ability to be content and be excited for others’ victories takes inner strength, but it builds character that will help you later on. 3. Awareness and protecting your space – Cut down on environments that promote comparison, particularly social media, where people tend to show only their highlights. It is unhealthy to mentally compare your lowest moments to other people’s best moments as shown on this platform. There is so much more to the journey than the milestones and highlights. This is one good way to protect your energy, but you also might find it helpful to clean up your feed by unfollowing people who do not push you to be a better version of your self . Topics Covered in this Episode: • Comparison • Keeping the right perspective • Contentment • Self-awareness

 EAP 83: Done is Better Than Perfect | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:22

The topic of this episode is likely close to home for a lot of the Early Accountability podcast listeners: perfectionism. High achievers often struggle with perfectionism, having high standards and expectations which should lead to flawless performance. However, since perfection is not actually attainable, high achievers also fail to reach the goals they have set for themselves, which can lead to anxiety or depression. It is important to be realistic and self-aware enough to accept that sometimes “done” is better than “perfect”. Kimi outlines some of these specific times: 1. When it is going to keep you from striving towards and unattainable or unrealistic goal – No one has ever benefitted from setting themselves up to fail. It is better to succeed at an attainable or realistic goal. 2. When it will stop you from procrastinating – Often, high achievers procrastinate starting something until they think they can accomplish it perfectly. Sometimes the best thing to do is just get started and make adjustments along the way. 3. When it will stop you from diminishing yourself – Having unrealistic expectations of yourself will lead to lower self-esteem and feeling like you are “less than” or not good enough. You cannot be effective and successful if you are your own worst enemy. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Perfectionism • High achievers • When “done” is better than “perfect” • Self-awareness

 EAP 82: Fight Fear & Start - How a Beginner Became the Best | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:18

On this episode of the Early Accountability Podcast, Kimi interviews Kelvin Martinez, a photographer in the Dominican Republic, about how he launched his business. Kelvin has always wanted to be a photographer, but since he assumed it would be too difficult to learn, he tried other things like graphic design and web design first before he finally took the leap into photography. By taking a few online classes and watching tutorial videos, Kelvin built up his confidence enough to ask some of his friends if he could take pictures of them to build up his portfolio. He really launched his photography business in April of 2019, and he had enough of a web presence by June that Kimi came across his work and decided to hire him to take professional photos of her during her time studying abroad in the Dominican Republic this summer. He had put up a simple but elegant website and has been working hard on Facebook to build up his reputation, and he looks forward to the continued learning and other opportunities ahead of him. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Having courage and pursuing your goals • Taking a leap of faith • Feel the fear and do it anyway Connect with Kelvin: https://kelvinmartinez.net/

 EAP 81: Why You Need Accoutability | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:52

This episode of the Early Accountability Podcast is meant to give listeners a refresher about the purpose of the podcast and the specific ways that our content can help listeners achieve their goals. Our host, Kimi, is a school psychologist and wellness coach, and she uses her experience as well as interviews with her guests to create a conversation around goal-setting and motivation to achieve in a very attainable way. While listening to this podcast, you should feel equipped and empowered to make the best version of yourself a reality in these specific ways: 1. Abandoning excuses and strongholds – These barriers exist most strongly in your mind, and breaking these down is imperative to starting a new habit or stopping an old one. 2. Jumpstarting motivation – Be aware of where you are and where you want to go. 3. Igniting results – Success looks different for everyone, so we will provide you with the tools you need to find your own success and sustain those results. 4. Being encouraged – Guests on the podcast share their stories of success and transcendence but also of overcoming adversity and challenges along the way. Hearing from them should encourage you to continue on by developing emotional resilience. You deserve success if you work hard. 5. Finding purpose – With short-term and long-term goals, there is always a “why?” that is spurring you on to action. Deciphering that purpose and acting on it is so important to reaching the goals you set for yourself. By listening to this podcast, you will hopefully learn some practical steps to take in shifting your mindset and remaining focused on the goal in front of you. This is a lifestyle, and you can achieve what you believe. Topics Covered in this Episode: • What is early accountability? • What is the purpose of this podcast? • Achieving goals • Sustaining results

 EAP 80: Turning a Dream Into Destiny | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:04

On this episode of the Early Accountability Podcast, our guest is Asha Ma’at, founder of Dreams 2 Destiny, a business and life coach with an emphasis on the spiritual realm. She first felt led to start a life coaching business in 2015, and over the next few years she found greater spiritual clarity after quitting her job and going through a divorce, learning to embrace her doubts and questions as a part of the process. In 2018, she moved to Detroit and chose to become a deliberate creator, finding alignment with something greater than herself and getting in touch with the spiritual world through tarot cards and readings. She soon realized that her best employment option was to lean back on her previous training in home health care. She started her own home health company and also began offering business and life coaching as well as workshops. She encourages everyone to pray and meditate, which really equates to talking and listening to your own spirit or source. When you are in alignment like this, you realize that everything that happens is divinely appointed for that exact time in your life and you are meant to learn from it. Having this confidence translates into all areas of your life and you are able to move forward with that divine strength and purpose. Topics Covered in this Episode: • Spiritual clarity • Meditation • Being aligned with yourself and a higher power

 EAP 79: Dealing With Overwhelm | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:38

EAP 79: Dealing With Overwhelm by Kimi Walker

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