Many people ask this same question and it is a very necessary if you have goals to achieve in life.
The need to be accountable is much more crucial these days as a lot of things compete for our attention and time. To be effective we need to set goals and guard them with a few other useful things. One of which is accountability.
Accountability is said to be an obligation individuals set upon themselves to account for their activities to another party. This therefore means that to be accountable, you will need to have goals, a mentor or person to be accountable to and also a set of activities to be accountable for.
It is important to note that your dream will not just happen because you have them but you will need to put activities in place; steps to take with set timelines for the achievement of the goals. However after that comes a mentor or someone you can rely on to hold you accountable for your goals. The work of a mentor or accountability partner is to hold you accountable to the timeline you’ve set yourself to achieve the goals and to help ensure you get the set of activities done at the time you set to do them.
Be aware that the accountability partner or mentor cannot force you to take action or otherwise, but can only prompt you based on the goals and activities you set yourself. The person is also not responsible for you doing the tasks at the set time. They are not there to do the work or to nag you and if you give them excuses, they are not there to counter your excuse. I will therefore advise you to be careful who you choose and your approach to them.
Lastly, in choosing whom you will be accountable to, I will say you should look out for someone whom you like, respect and feel comfortable around. Do not go for someone who does not have enough time and interest in you. The more interested the accountability partner or mentor is in you, the more time and effort they will give into helping to ensure you stay on track.