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go for your goals with all your might.
Goals take time, hard work, perseverance and commitment to achieve. And results often do not come as quickly as you hope. You can easily lose the motivation in the process and give up. But everything changes when you leverage an accountability system. To “be accountable,” all you need is a clear goal and a willingness to let others help you achieve it.
The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.
Today, right now, you can make a commitment that matters to your goal. You can choose your spouse, a reliable friend or friends and tell them what your goal is and why it is important for you to achieve it. Or blog about your most important goal and share your progress with your audience.
Putting accountability to work
It’s the perfect commitment system you need for long-term goals. If your goal demands it, seek out people, mentors, coaches or resources that can offer expert support and the knowledge you need to succeed. If you are struggling to stick to a gym, diet or writing plan, an accountablity partner or audience can make a huge difference.
Put structures and systems in place to measure and record your progress. Schedule regular appointments to check in. It can be over email, mobile or in person. If possible, schedule these times in advance so that they’re not lost or forgotten in the busyness of everyday life.
Give someone the permission to hold you accountable!
When you go public with your goal, you allow others to rally around and encourage you. In the “This Time Next Year” TV Show, people publicly pledge to work on a single goal, and report back to the show the same time next year about what they’ve been able to do. They share the dreams they’re desperate to achieve over the next 12 months.
Everyone who appears on the show has to come back to update the audience about their progress. The declaration makes them work hard at it. The public holds contestants accountable. And the show requires guests to send weekly or monthly updates.
Contestants are motivated to push themselves to reach the goal. What they set out to do are difficult but realistic. But once they are accountable to the public and the show, they do everything they can to achieve them. One contestant said in an interview: “As part of the show, I had to do a video diary each week, so I’d do mine every Sunday and I’d have to take photos of my progress, too.”
With the right support and help, you can do better and actually achieve your goals this year. The likelihood of getting new habits to stick, or reaching your goals is remarkably higher when you set a time to report back to someone on your progress.