It's a new month and with it brought a lot of changes. It also brings opportunities for new beginnings and growth. We have decided to focus this month on accountability. We are holding ourselves accountable to you and we ask you to take a similar approach. What will you hold yourself accountable for this month? Plenty of people set goals, but far fewer are actually willing to declare their goals in a way that sets them up for success. What is the key to success? Accountability.
Studies have shown that when you share your goals with others, you are twice as likely to achieve them. In holding yourself accountable you are communicating to the universe that your goal is a priority—it’s not just something that may or may not get done. By not setting your goals as a priority, you aren’t truly committing to them.
Here are just a few ways to help kick start your month by holding yourself more accountable.
Tell a friend about your goal. Share your goals with someone who loves you, who will ask you about your goals, support you in achieving them, and celebrate with you when you do.
Join a group. If you’ve ever participated in a book club, you know that gathering with others to discuss the latest novel makes it far more likely that you’ll find the time to read it.
Use technology. There are plenty of apps and websites that have been created specifically to help with accountability, by either offering reminders and tracking systems or by connecting you with other people who are also trying to complete similar goals.
Get a coach. Coaches assist you in clarifying your goals, to hold you to a reasonable timeline, and to help develop strategies for overcoming obstacles that get in the way of achieving the final outcome (plus, you’re more likely to try to get your money’s worth if you’ve invested in someone to help you). One of the defining characteristics of coaching is that it creates a measuring tool for action and a means for reporting on self-learning. Good coaches never judge, scold, or blame; they simply help you realize what works and what doesn’t when it comes to the commitments you make to yourself.
Write it down. For some people, simply writing their goals down on paper is enough to move the dream into reality. Written promises to yourself can strengthen the internal fortitude needed to complete a challenging task. Posting reminders and checklists in a visible location (like a daily planner, a wall calendar, or a note on the desktop of your computer) can be an effective motivator for follow-through.
McGinley, Karson. Accountability: The Key To Reaching Your Goals. The Chopra Center. 2017
Walking Toward Better Health
The main story, by Sheila Decker ATC, CSCS
The fitness industry is constantly changing; every day there are new programs, equipment, and supplements created with the goal of enticing the consumer. It is easy to get swept up in the shiny new fitness fads, thinking “this will be the thing that makes all the difference” but once the initial excitement wears off we are stuck with another piece of equipment we don’t use, a program we don’t enjoy, the mysterious powder that tastes awful, and the same feelings of frustration that we aren't seeing the results we desire.
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