Your 2017 New Year Blueprint
Here is part four of our new year blueprint series and in this blog, we’ll talk about why you need accountability if you’re to be successful this coming year.
We touched on accountability in yesterday’s post, and we’re gonna look at it in more detail today, and why accountability is important if you are to succeed with your goals that you have set yourself.
Now you’ve told everyone what your resolution is, you are accountable to those you have told, and also to yourself. Studies show that if you’re accountable to someone in relation to your health, and fitness, then you’re more likely to get results. These people, or person, is going to become your go-to person on those days when you lack motivation when you feel like giving up, or you’re lacking discipline.
As we’ve said before, we know life can throw an abundance of problems, issues, or dilemmas at us at any given moment. It’s even more problematic when it begins to get in the way of us attaining our goals, and smashing our targets that we have stringently set out with a timeline.
Many times, there is a reason to skip a gym workout or session. Most people will jump on one of those reasons, which more often than not are bullshit reasons i.e. it’s raining, it’s cold, you’ve been at work. All terrible excuses, but people still use them. This is where accountability comes into its own.
A large majority of people will fail with their goals before the middle of February. Every year. For whatever reason. Let’s be honest, though, we’ve all done it. Before you set out on your path, choose an accountability partner.
Try to choose someone who has similar goals to you, and is definitely someone that you can trust. If you use some of the poor excuses listed above, or any other excuse, they will put you right. If you fail in a big way with your nutrition, they will react to it, and provide you with the motivation you need to stay focused.
Try to make it fun, and come up with punishments for one another, if you digress. Sometimes there are more important reasons why we may go off track. If needs be, use the plethora of social media platforms that we have to check on your partner, and offer support where it’s needed.
Before you begin, though, make sure that you write down what it is you’re setting out to achieve, and let your partner know the things that you expect from them, even if it’s something as simple as the above point of checking in with them. You are more likely to succeed this way. Set forfeits for one another i.e. you owe the other person a coffee, or lunch if you decide it’s raining in the gym, or it’s too cold! It isn’t raining in the gym.
Support, inspire and encourage your accountability partner. Don’t even think about letting them down. You’re not going to. Visualize hitting your targets, and above all else, celebrate your success together.
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