Accountability will help you to achieve your goals

Ryan Donohue, owner of Fitness Formation.
Ryan Donohue, owner of Fitness Formation.
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We have touched on accountability previously, but we’re going to look at it in more detail today.

Now you’ve told everyone what your vision or resolution is, you are accountable to those people, and to yourself. Studies show that if you’re accountable to someone in relation to your health and fitness, you’re more likely to get results. These people are going to become your go-to support network on those days when you lack motivation, or discipline.

We know life can throw problems, or issues, at us at any moment. It’s even more problematic when it begins to get in the way of us attaining our goals that we have set out with a timeline.

Many times there is a reason to skip a gym workout. Most people will jump on a reason, which more often than not is a poor reason, i.e. it’s raining. Terrible excuse, but people still use it. This is where accountability comes into its own.

A large majority of people will fail with their goals before the end of February. Let’s be honest, most have done it. So, before you set out choose an accountability partner.

Choose someone who has similar goals to you and is someone you can trust. If you use the poor excuse above – or any other excuse – they will put you right. If you fail in a big way with your nutrition, they will react, and provide you with the motivation you need to stay focused. Try to make it fun, and come up with punishments for one another if you digress. Sometimes there are more important reasons why we may go off track. If needs be, use the masses of social media platforms we have to check on your partner and offer support where it’s needed.

Before you begin, write down what it is you’re setting out to achieve and let your partner know the things you expect from them, even if it’s something as simple as checking in with them. You are more likely to succeed this way. Set forfeits for one another, i.e. you owe the other person a coffee or lunch if it’s raining in the gym. It isn’t raining in the gym.

Support, inspire, motivate and encourage your accountability partner. Don’t even think about letting them down. Visualise hitting your targets and, above all else, celebrate success together.