I hope the new year has kicked off strong for you! I’m hoping these posts throughout January help you stay motivated and on track for any goals you’ve set for 2021. If you haven’t had a chance, I encourage you to take a peek at our IGTV posts! We have awesome segments each Thursday this month with various coaches giving us their top tips to reach your goals. Coming up this Thursday, we are talking to Erica Cassini, a health and wellness coach focused on nutrition and physical fitness. Erica had some great tips, but one that really resonated with me was to seek out accountability by building a support community.
Aspiring to a new goal takes hard work, time and a lot of energy. It can be easy to give up, but everything changes when you put in place an accountability system. Thomas Oppong writes, “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 a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.” That’s astounding! Here are some quick tips on establishing an accountability system:
- Who – figure out someone who you’ll declare your goal to. This could be a friend, spouse/partner, or community group. You could even start a blog to communicate your goal and track your progress. My husband and friend in my neighborhood are also doing Dry January and it helps to have that support if you can get it.
- System – establish a way to check-in. The more regular the check-ins the better, and it’s even better if you can schedule in advance.
- Personal Contract – consider signing a personal contract that you hold yourself accountable to. As with most things, there’s an app for that! The app Stickk “asks users to define their goal (whatever it is!), pick a timeline to accomplish it, and put something at stake.”
I hope this inspires you to build a community of support around you no matter what the goal may be. If there are things you really want to work on, accountability and support are proven to vastly help your chances of getting there. Have a great rest of your week!
Take care and be well,