This post is part of my 10-week Just a Girl with Goals series.
Does this sound familiar: you have this idea or dream you’ve been wanting to accomplish. So finally you decide to make it a goal to accomplish it. You set the goal with the best of intentions and everything is going great. We’ve got this and it seems easy. We’re going to the gym, we’re eating healthier and living more frugally to finally pay off that credit card.
A couple of weeks go by and then things start to change. Our motivation seems to start waning, We’re ready to back out on our goals because it’s just too hard to give up pizza, work out every day or not go shopping anymore. We’re ready to call it quits. And usually, that’s exactly what most of us do.
Let’s make this time different. It’s time to stick to and reach our goals. And the best way to do that is to add some accountability.
Be Accountable to Yourself
Start by being accountable to yourself. Write down your goals. This is an important step. Then keep track of how you’re doing. Review your list weekly or even daily if you have to. You may want to keep a journal, or keep a daily to-do list and check things like drinking water or working out as you get them done. If you’re working on saving, keep track of your daily spending. You would be surprised how quickly the little transactions add up.
Find An Accountability Partner
Having someone with the same or similar goals to talk to can be very motivating. Find someone to become your accountability partner. You can cheer each other on, share tips and check in to make sure you’re both still on track.
If you can’t find a local friend to join you, consider looking for your “partner” online. There are forums and groups for all sorts of topics and you’re sure to find the right person to help you stay on track.
Be Accountable to Family and Friends
Another great option is to share your resolution and intention with loved ones. Let them know you’re trying to work out each week, train for a marathon, quit smoking or lose 35 pounds by summer break. Your family and friends might become your biggest cheerleaders helping you celebrate each small success along the way. Also, by seeing your actions, you never know how much you could encourage someone else to accomplish their goals.
Be Bold and Make a Public Statement
If you’re feeling brave or want that extra boost of accountability, be bold and make a public statement. Take to your favorite social media outlet and announce to the world at large what you plan to do. As your readers, follower or friends to check in with you periodically to see how you’re doing.
What are you going to do to become accountable? Pick one or several of the ideas above and get to work. You’ll be amazed how well this accountability thing works to keep you going.
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