I wanted to talk about accountability and how massively helpful it is when we are working towards goals, or indeed setting goals.
So many of us have goals that we strive towards and in moments of enthusiasm when motivation is high we make promises to ourselves to get the wheels in motion and get working towards those goals. Yet when motivation diminishes and we break that internal promise we made to ourselves, our goals seem to slip further away and in fact we tend to go on a bit of a self destructive rampage. Know the feeling?
We start telling ourselves things like, "What's the point, I'm never going to be able to achieve that", "I'm a failure, I can never stick to anything" ,"Who was I kidding, I'm not the kind of person who does that" etc etc. This narrative that we start creating for ourselves is so toxic and just not true. We are human after all, we all have slip ups, motivation is never going to solely sustain us because by its very nature, it comes and goes.
So, this is where holding yourself accountable comes in.
Imagine when you made that internal promise to yourself, you had broadcast it to the world. You stood up in your office and announced that you would be doing "x", or you signed a contract saying that you would will achieve "x" by a certain date. Suddenly we are in a whole new place of willingness and determination. You are accepting responsibility for the outcome.
I have weekly catch up calls with my clients which is why they have such incredible results. They are being held accountable. We have agreed a plan together, the steps are in place for them to get there, they just have to have the determination and willingness to keep taking those steps (even on days when they really dont want to) and knowing that I will be checking up with them each week is enough of a motivator.
So if you have goals in mind and you have struggled to achieve them, start by creating specific goals, (click here to read a previous blog post all about how to set goals) and then tell people what it is you want to achieve.
Thanks all and I'd love to hear how you get on!