5 Benefits of Accountability
We have officially wrapped our first Squad Goals meeting. I hope you all had a wonderful time getting together outside of class on a weeknight! I want to expand on the new squad goals meetings by diving in to how important it is to be a part of this group to keep you accountable to the goals you have set individually and as a group.
You’ve set your goals…now what? What do you plan to do differently to ensure that you actually reach your goals? For most, change in your routine is the hardest part. Aren’t you tired of just carrying them over from year to year? Always ending up disappointed for lack of achievement, yet a little bit hopeful, this year is going to be different?
As go-getters, we are passionate about our business our family and very hopeful to achieve great things. Whether you fly a solo, married, or married with kids you start out believing you can manage it all. You’ve made your goals, set a strategy…but as the days go by…you have yet to implement your plan of action. It’s still seemingly too hard to get out of your daily routine!
The actual work of carrying out your plan from beginning to end escape you…and you’re quickly starting to see that you’re spinning your wheels and still in the same predicament you were in last year. Crap, things will never change.
There may be many reasons why you haven’t been able to implement your plan or reach your goals but the main reason is the lack of accountability.
Accountability is what separates the super successful from the mediocre.
I’m sure you can relate to trying to reach the same goal over and over again…by yourself with no help and getting little to no results. Let’s take your fitness for instance (since I hear this one often). Studies show that the person who actually achieves weight loss and transition into a healthier lifestyle is the person who connected into some form of accountability program. (most of you can see this through our nutrition challenges and fitness programs). It’s something about having to answer to another person or team of people for your actions that motivates you to stay on track with your goals.
Your ultimate success in depends heavily on your accountability system that you have in place. You need someone or a group of people to help you take a dream, develop it into goals, work out a strategy and execute a plan. Otherwise you run the risk of going through the next 12 months getting nothing but the same results of past years…
There should be someone in your circle of influence that you can confide in about your goals and enlist help from—preferably someone who has already achieved what you are aiming to do. (ahem, maybe one of your coaches?)
The benefits of accountability relations are many but I’ll give five here:
5 Benefits To Having Accountability:
1. Accountability accelerates your performance.
When you connect with a coach (one-on-one or in a program) you can work the kinks out of your plan, develop a sure-fire winning strategy and execute with confidence, knowing you have been guided by the best to achieve your goals.
2. Accountability helps you measure your success and progress.
A good coach will help you define what success looks like and set milestones to measure your progress along the way. You can easily track how close you are to reaching your goals.
3. Accountability keeps you engaged.
There are things that will come up that will distract you from your goals and take you off course. Even when you’re bored, distracted or tired, knowing that you have to answer for your progress will keep you going to the finish line.
4. Accountability will keep you responsible.
When you are working with someone or a group of people who push you to make massive changes in a short amount of time and have constant check ins…you finally realize that you are ultimately responsible for how much progress you make every day. Accounting for your actions weekly will cause you to take a good look at yourself, start eliminating the excuses and start making deliberate actions that bring about your intended success.
5. Accountability will validate your thoughts and ideas.
When you have someone/someones to be accountable to, you can silence your inner critic and bounce your ideas off someone else who can help you make sound decisions and give you constructive advice.
Hopefully this helps to understand why you all are so successful in the challenge setting! I am excited to see what we can do together this year with more squad goals sessions!