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In 2012 I asked myself what the heck had I gotten myself into when I signed up for a bikini competition. It was hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever accomplished, and the only reason I followed through was that I made myself accountable. Had I not taken that step – I would never have made it to the end. My willpower is just not that strong.
Can you relate?
Here’s an interesting tidbit – a study from Dominican University compared two groups of goal setters – one with accountability partners, and one group without. Turns out that 70% of the people who reported progress on their goals (daily) to their accountability partner, actually achieved them versus 35% who didn’t have accountability.
That’s pretty significant.
The secret to achieving goals is to set them so they are:
- Just outside your comfort zone (the sweet spot)
- Measurable and specific (have a date and a metric to achieve
- Compelling enough that you won’t lose momentum
Want to make sure you follow through? Then make sure you:
- Put yourself on the hook – be public, tell everyone.
- Put some skin in the game – invest $$ in your goal because we’re motivated not to squander money.
- Don’t promise to do things that you don’t think you’ll follow through with. It chips away at your own sense of self worth.
- Know what your why is. What’s the driving you to accomplish this goal, and is it strong enough to carry you through hard times (because there will be hard times).
- Have a roadmap to get yourself where you need to go, but be willing to adjust your strategy if it’s not working.
Goal setting is an important way to move you forward in life and kick you out of stagnant ruts. My online fitness groups help women achieve their weight loss and health goals by keeping them accountable, actionable and focused for a specific time period. Interested? Get the deets here.
Got goals? Tell me about your Big Audacious Hairy Goal (BAHG) in the comments. Go ahead… put it out there!
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, healthy recipes, home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.