Today’s short post is on accountability techniques. In review, accountability helps by increasing the probability of goal achievement, increases the speed in which your goal is achieved, and increases the self-awareness necessary to move forward in a meaningful way. So now that we know the purpose and the benefits, what next?
Since there are two forms of accountability: accountability to others, and accountability to yourself, there are different methods. Some examples of accountability to others are: getting a workout buddy, sharing your goal on social media, joining a group of others with the same goal (IE Facebook group or Training class), and putting money on the line (IE DietBet). Accountability to yourself would look like: keeping a journal where you reflect on the actions you’ve taken or have yet to take, keeping a task list of everything needed to reach your goal and putting them on your calendar, and getting a coach to help you identify and overcome thought patterns holding you back.
Which type of accountability is best? A little bit of both! This is why awareness is so important. Experiment with different methods until you find the combination that propels you forward the most. Something to consider: you want to choose the method(s) that will serve you the most over the long-term. Ask yourself: what will benefit me not in just achieving this goal, but in all future goals.