It’s January 31, 2016 and you’re closing the book on the first month of the New Year. How are things going? Have you made progress on the Goals you set for the New Year? For many, this is time for a Resolution Reality Check.
In a Google Consumer Survey conducted by GoBankingRates, back in November of last year, 5,004 people were asked about their upcoming resolutions. Not much surprise, the most popular 2016 New Year’s Resolutions were to ‘Enjoy Life to the Fullest’ and ‘Live a Healthier Lifestyle’ which were followed closely the third place finisher: ‘Lose weight’.
You may have made similar resolutions and kicked off your action plan with enthusiasm and energy on January 1st. But how are you doing TODAY? According to a Harris Poll, 1 in 3 people ditch their vows by the end of January. Top reasons include being too busy or not being committed to their goals in the first place.
So what can help you stay on track? Let’s toss the ‘Too Busy’ excuse right out the window – we make time for what’s important to us. period. It’s not tough love, it’s not harsh, it’s reality.
Is a marathon session on Netflix more important to you than getting your workout in or doing your food prep for the upcoming week? If so, be honest – but don’t say you’re ‘Too Busy’.
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So what’s one of the BEST things you can do to stick to your goals? Be Accountable.
ACCOUNTABILITY, now there’s a word we can sink our teeth into. It’s a long standing fact that when we are held accountable, we perform. Accountability comes in many forms and you may use multiple options to help you stay on track. Let’s look at a few options:
- Personal. In my mind you have to start here, this is being accountable to yourself. Set your goals, write them down and track your progress. Use some form of planner system, whether electronic or ‘old school’ pen and paper it really doesn’t matter, it just has to work for you. Having a calendar where you can record your goals, schedule daily activities necessary to achieve those goals and journal your progress is vital. Remember: writing it down increases your chances of success dramatically!
- Friends and Family. Peer pressure is an amazing force! Share you goals with your friends and family, ask for their support to keep you on track. This can be a tricky one so you have to approach it from the right angle. Let them know what you’re trying to achieve and HOW you need them to help you stay accountable. You need to be able to clearly communicate with them WHY your goal is important to you and WHAT they can do to help. If they don’t support your goal or think it’s foolish or unattainable, they probably aren’t going to be the ones to hold you accountable.
- Group. As a Team Beachbody Coach, this is one of my favorites because it’s what I specialize in! Join a group of people doing the same thing, the power of support that you get from the group will propel you along your journey. I’m finishing up my first month of the new Master’s Hammer and Chisel fitness program, even though I’m a personal trainer, fitness coach and overall pretty motivated for my own fitness – I’m participating in the Master’s Hammer and Chisel Challenge online challenge group with almost 33,000 other people! It’s AMAZING to see the outpouring of support for everyone participating in this group. I run private accountability groups for as few as 5 people, they’re more intimate and there’s the opportunity for more personal interaction. Join a team, participate in a group fitness class, start a walking or running group – whatever you choose, you will find that group accountability can be very effective in helping you stay on plan.
- Professional (paid). When it comes to fitness and health goals, many people turn to Personal Trainers or Life Coaches for that extra ‘Ummph’, the physical act of putting money on the table plays an important role in this path. When you’re paying a Personal Trainer you’re more likely to stay on task – having ‘skin’ in the game goes a long way in sticking to your goals.
- Public. Two words: Social Media. Going public with your goals, posting them to your preferred social media outlets can be very effective in helping you stay accountable. Before, progress and after photos that timeline your results are a great way to document your progress and help you stay accountable. Posting workout pictures, results and statistics, pictures for your healthy meals are all tools you can use to share your journey. Be aware that not everyone will be interested in your accountability posts, that’s okay…it’s not their journey. It’s very common for others to feel uncomfortable seeing you actively achieving your goals, especially if they’ve given up on their own journey. The powerful part about public accountability is that YOU will be inspiring others, whether you know it or not…people are watching what you do.