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Kicking things off with a big thank you – this time, I’m diving deep into gratitude, sharing a slice of my life, and then we’ll pivot to what’s hot on my mind today.

This weekend, I found myself at a gun raffle up north, a tradition that’s been in my life for a solid 30 years. Imagine a gathering brimming with guns, fried chicken, and a sense of camaraderie – that’s it. It’s these moments, surrounded by family and echoes of my childhood, that I’m immensely thankful for. Spending quality time with my Aunt Nancy recently reminded me of the unique bond I share with my aunts and uncles, a connection cultivated during summers spent at their homes away from the city’s hustle. They were more than family; they were mentors, guiding me through the maze of growing up with patience and wisdom.

Now, let’s shift gears to the business side of things. Experience Andy Weins Live is evolving – we’re now venturing into the podcast realm, making our insights and conversations accessible for on-the-go listening. A simple yet effective move, inspired by a nudge from a friend, has broadened our reach, allowing our message to resonate through Spotify, Apple Music, and wherever you love to tune in.

Today, I’m itching to talk about accountability, sparked by a casual chat over coffee. Accountability isn’t just a fancy word; it’s a cornerstone of growth, both personally and professionally. It’s about setting expectations for ourselves and allowing those around us to remind us of our path when we stray. It’s recognizing that leadership is service, that guiding others often means paving the way for their success before our own.

Accountability starts with clarity – knowing who you are and what you dream of. It’s about embracing the power of choice, replacing “I have to” with “I choose to,” a simple linguistic shift that reframes our perspective, fostering gratitude and driving us toward our goals. It’s about recognizing the importance of both instrumental and intrinsic motivation, understanding that our actions today shape our intrinsic values tomorrow.

This week, I challenge you to embrace accountability. Define your goals, let those around you in on your vision, and permit them to hold you accountable. Shift your language, focus on the positive, and watch as the dominoes of change begin to fall. Remember, the journey to achieving our dreams is paved with accountability, and it starts with a single step – acknowledging where we are, where we want to be, and what we need to do to get there.

So, this week, it’s very simple: Accountability starts with you. It begins with defining what your goal is. Be vulnerable. That goal you have should scare you, right? It’s better to aim high and miss than to aim low and hit every time. Do something that scares you. Put it out there. I’m 27 episodes into this, and I’m still figuring this out.

Here I am, showing up week in and week out. I turn on my camera, hook up the microphone, and stare at the camera here. I turn off the monitor, so I don’t see myself. I let myself go. I let you guys into my world. I’m vulnerable, sharing my goals, giving you permission to the point where I’m demanding you hold me accountable.

So that I get where I want to go in life. Because I was put on this earth, in this place, to do more than what I’m doing here today. Right now is a good place to be, but it’s not where I want to be tomorrow, a week from now, a year from now. I want to be there, and I ask you to hold me accountable.

My challenge to you is simple. The opportunity you have is to possess the vulnerability, transparency, and humility to say, “This is where I’m at. This is where I want to be. And these are the things I need to do in my life. This is the language I need to shape. These are the people I need to surround myself with so that I am accountable to my goals, dreams, or aspirations.”

You have now removed yourself from the avatar, the body, the vessel you are, and now you’ve made your goal bigger than your ego, your insecurity, your vulnerability. And when you chase that, when you bring people with you, you will hold yourself and others accountable, and they’ll hold you accountable.

And that my friend is a beautiful thing. Do the fucking thing. Tell the fucking world, show the fuck up, hold yourself and others accountable, and you will eventually live the life you’ve always wanted to live. Between now and then, I’ll see you next week.

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Andy Weins

Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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