Some people can decide to make changes in their lifestyle and stay on track. Others find a class or once a week group will keep them accountable. Many people need daily encouragement, inspiration and motivation.
Which category do you find yourself in? Knowing what you need will help you to stay on track and reach your goals!
Accountability is the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions.
In a group setting, everyone helps to keep the other accountable.
When you set goals or desire to make changes in your lifestyle an accountability partner or group will help you to be more successful!
You may want to lose weight, quit smoking, cut down alcohol consumption, cut out sugar, soda or change your nutrition in other ways. Maybe you want to be more active, reach a daily step goal, start a regular exercise or workout routine, get in shape or train for a 5K or triathlon.
It may be that you need to say “no” more, get better organized, build a positive outlook, be present in your relationships or some other lifestyle change.
Whichever your need or goal, being accountable will help you succeed; especially as you change habits during those critical first three months! Change doesn’t happen overnight or in a week or 30 days. You have to choose to keep going. It takes work, commitment, dedication and sometimes sacrifice.
A new habit is built when you can automatically do it. You don’t have to argue with yourself or talk yourself into it or even think about doing it. The new action or way of thinking will be part of your lifestyle, an automatic habit.
Do you think about how you shower? Brush your teeth? Make your coffee? Drive the car to work?
Knowing you need to change, Choosing to make the change, and planning how to make the changes are the first steps.
Is it something that you need to schedule into your day? Make the time that you need. Work on positive self talk. You need to tell yourself that you can do this. You can reach your goals. You can commit. Conquer your mind and it will help you achieve.
Finding a group, class or support person is an important step. If you can’t find a physical, local group or class there are online accountability groups centered around what you want to change or you can start your own.
Remember your support person or group should be positive but you have to agree and be willing to point out to each other when you’re slacking! That is the intent, the idea behind ACCOUNTABILITY! Encourage, motivate and help each other stay on track. Talk about what helps you to be successful and then do it!
What helps you the most when you are first starting? What helps you stay motivated or on track when you have been working on a goal or lifestyle change for a month or two? What do you do when you feel stuck, discouraged or want to give up?