The start of the New Year brings out the best in us. We have big goals and we are ready to take on the world. I talk a lot in my writings that the biggest key to success with goal achievement is making a step by step plan and showing up every day to take action.
When you are not intentional with your time, you lose it. Think about that for a minute…how fast does a month fly by and you’re left sitting there wondering where all that time went to? This is where the magic of goal achievement lives. Your daily habits and actions. It’s about taking advantage of your time and putting in the work even when you don’t feel like it.
What is accountability?
According to Miriam-Webster, accountability is, “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” In every day words, it means doing what you say you are going to do when you are going to do it.
Why do we fail at accountability?
1. We haven’t told anyone about our goals.
2. It’s easier to skip (fill in the blank).
3. We don’t master our time.
Having this blog is built in accountability for me. I can’t just post about my goals and then month after month keep on writing out the same goals. Well I guess I could but how boring would that be! Not to mention the fact that would mean I haven’t accomplished anything. This past year, I have accomplished some big things, changed my priorities on other things, and let a few things just slide by. I know, we can’t do it all but over time, we will get there.
One of the things that I have let slide by is nutrition and my weight loss goal. Instead of losing weight this year, I’ve actually put on a few pounds. So for the next few months, I’m going to make this goal my priority. For me, that means drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies, and minimizing the processed/junk foods.
Tips for your accountability
1. Tell someone about your goals. Anyone! Your friend, spouse, sibling, your social media following. When we know that someone is going to ask for updates, we will be more likely to take action. If your friends and/or family aren’t asking about your progress, ask one of them to check in on you every 1-2 weeks.
2. Schedule time for your goals. The work unfortunately won’t do itself. You will need to make sure you have dedicated time to complete the tasks that will make your goal a reality. I love to write this down in a good old fashion planner so I can cross it off when it gets completed.
3. Hold yourself accountable. Why do you want to achieve this goal? What will happen if you don’t achieve this goal? Every time that you want to skip your tasks, think about that question. Are you ok with settling? Are you ok with giving in? Find a motivational quote or mantra to get you through those weak moments. You will feel so much better pushing through!
Share it with me – what’s one of your goals?