Accountability: The Key to Staying on Track
By: Coach Mitchell
You've made your goal to stay on track during the holidays and set a strategy... but as the days go by... you have yet to implement your plan of action.
The actual work of carrying out your plan from beginning to end alludes you... and you're quickly starting to see that you're spinning your wheels and still in the same predicament you were in last year. Sound familiar?
There may be many reasons why you haven't been able to implement your plan or reach your goals, but the main reason is the lack of accountability. Accountability is what separates the super successful from the mediocre.
I'm sure you can relate to trying to reach the same goal repeatedly... by yourself with no help and getting little to no results. Let's take your health for instance (since staying on track with workouts and nutrition during the holidays is a common goal).
Studies show that the person who actually achieves weight loss and transitions into a healthier lifestyle is the person who connected into some form of accountability program. It could be hiring a trainer, joining a health club, hiring a nutritionist, or participating in some sort of group coaching like we have at CrossFit Greenville. It's something about having to answer to another person (or group of peers) for your actions that motivates you to stay on track with your goals.
Using Accountability to Your Benefit with Goal Setting:
Accountability Accelerates Performance
When you connect with a coach or training partner you can work the kinks out of your plan, develop a sure-fire winning strategy and execute with confidence.
Accountability Helps Measure Progress
A good coach or training partner will help you define what success looks like and set milestones to measure your progress along the way. You can easily track how close you are to reaching your goals.
Accountability Keeps You Engaged
There are things that will come up that will distract you from your goals and take you off course. Even when you're bored, distracted or tired; knowing that your training buddy/group/friend is expecting you at 6am - will keep you going to the finish line.
Accountability Keeps You Responsible
When you are working with someone who pushes you to make massive changes in a short amount of time and give a report... you finally realize that you are ultimately responsible for how much progress you make every day. Accounting for your actions weekly will cause you to take a good look at yourself, start eliminating the excuses and start making deliberate actions that bring about your intended success.
Accountability Validates Your Thoughts
When you have someone to be accountable to; you can silence your inner critic and bounce your ideas off someone else who can help you make sound decisions and give you constructive advice.