Have you started a diet or exercise program before only to stop it in after a couple of weeks?
You start out motivated and excited but before long you lose your motivation.
You question why you are doing it?
It feels hard and you don’t know if it’s even working?
You give up!
Did you know that being accountable to someone can dramatically increase your chances of success!
“The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with the person you’ve made the commitment with, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.”
An example of this process was provided by another study at Virginia Polytechnic University in the USA, researchers divided people starting a walking program into two groups.
- Every week, an individual in one group got a phone call asking how their exercise program was coming along, and the other group got no calls.
- At the end of 24 weeks, 45% of the individuals who got the phone calls were still walking compared to just 2% who did not receive the calls.
What does this mean for you and your personal fitness goals?
BEING ACCOUNTABLE by checking in with someone, makes all the difference.
This helps with staying on track and achieving your goals. You start to think twice about skipping your training session or indulging in too many treats.
Think about these habits…..
How many diet books have you bought?
How many have you followed through with and seen results?
Have you joined a gym and hardly used the membership?
Don’t worry, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Without being accountable it is too easy to stop, talk yourself out of it and simply give up.
When I’ve got a goal, I want to achieve I enlist the help of a coach.
Why is this important for my success?
I know that when I have to check-in with someone each week I feel compelled to stay on track or do the homework. I’ve paid for someone to keep me accountable, so I make the most of it.
I’ve tried making my husband be my accountability coach, boy, that didn’t work, ha ha. It’s important to have someone who will give you honest feedback and be following up on your progress.
I now know that ANYTIME I really want to push myself and achieve some great results, I need to get a coach.
This works for me!
My husband thinks I’m crazy as I should just be able to do it myself, but I KNOW ME. When I’ve invested in a coach, I’m accountable. I know that I have support and it makes me do the work and keep going.
To give yourself the best possible opportunity of success find a way of keeping accountable.
Ways to keep yourself accountable:
- Find an accountability partner. Just make sure it’s someone who will give you honest feedback and follow up if you miss a check-in.
- Announce your goals publicly and tell them how you are going to keep accountable each week (Blog, Facebook etc).
- Get a coach who arranges that you check-in each week and follows up when you don’t make an arranged check-in .
- Get a Personal Trainer so you are committed to set sessions each week.
Most importantly, if you find your own way of being held accountable. Make this work for you.
BE HONEST as it’s only going to benefit you, don’t self sabotage yourself and say you are eating perfectly and doing all your training if this isn’t true! Remember, your goal is to make permanent changes.
No one expects you to be perfect.
Just be honest and try your best. Be consistent and KEEP ACCOUNTABLE!
RESULTS COME FROM CONSISTENTLY MOVING FORWARD!
Enjoy the journey.