Stop the Excuses: Accountability Counts

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Want to have a better chance at reaching your goals? The key to actually achieving your goals is to hold yourself accountable and stop making excuses.

In my experience, one of the best ways to hold myself accountable is to share my goal with someone. Tell someone about your goal and you will find that you are more committed towards making it happen. Trust me—it works! I’ll come back to this a little bit later…

There are 4 tips I would like to share with you on how to make this work so that you are successful.

  1. Set Attainable Goals.

The first step is to make sure you are setting attainable goals for yourself—goals you actually have a chance at reaching. For example, don’t set a goal to be a published writer in the next six months if you have never practiced writing or taken any writing courses. This is very likely a goal that you will not reach simply because it is not attainable in such a short timeframe.

Creating realistic goals that are encouraging and achievable is key to your ability to actually reach those goals.

  1. Know Why.

It’s not enough to simply set achievable goals. You also need to know why you want to achieve those goals. What is your purpose—your mission? What do you want to get out of achieving your goal?

Knowing why you want to achieve your goal will help you reach it, and help you explain why you are striving towards that goal.

  1. Tell Someone…

If you want to hold yourself accountable to a goal, it helps if you actually tell someone about your goal.

For some reason, when I speak my goal aloud to another person, it helps it to become more real for me. I know that if I don’t reach my goal, then when that person asks me about it, it will be embarrassing for me to admit failure. So, by telling someone, I am encouraged even more to strive towards my goal.

In effect, it holds me accountable and it forces me to set aside time each day to focus on my goal.

  1. But Tell Someone You Trust.

Don’t be flippant when it comes to who you are sharing your goals with. Pick someone you trust—someone you know will encourage you and believe in your ability to reach the goal. This is really important.

In my experience, when I share my goal with someone who is not supportive of me or my goals, I quickly find myself feeling discouraged and the goal can seem impossible to reach. When you tell someone who is not supportive because of differing beliefs or close-minded ideas, you may very well find yourself in this same situation of despair.

Choose to share your goals with someone who is supportive, positive, and encouraging. Make it a habit to check in with that person occasionally regarding your status and where you are in reaching your goal. This will help you break the old habit of making excuses and procrastinating.

Have you noticed a difference in your ability to accomplish your goals when you share them with someone else?