On the downside, of course, this means that:
We are responsible for making this happen.
We alone have to do the work. We alone are held accountable for its creation; that process belongs to nobody but ourselves. We alone have to commit to it – to get up each morning, sit down to a desk, and work on it yet again. We alone have to exercise this discipline.
On the upside, however:
Nobody is stopping you.
We only have to convince and persuade ourselves in order to make our work happen. We are in full control of this decision – to do or to not do the work. We decide. And we own it – both the tiny celebrations, each day, of a job well done as well as, on top of that: our eventual success.
Some feel that this accountability puts a lot of pressure on us.
I think it does the opposite.
There is something wonderfully liberating in the realization:
We don’t need anybody’s permission but our own.
Once you decide for yourself, you can begin at once to do whatever it is that you would like to do.