Let’s face it, talk is cheap. How many times have you said that you were going to do something and then just a few hours later your plans falls by the wayside? How many times have you made the same verbal commitment to yourself about losing weight or getting in shape? The truth is, we all talk a good game, but what are we really doing to meet our goals?
How are we holding ourselves accountable? Different forms of accountability work for different people. Below I’m going to give you a few forms of accountability to help you reach your goals while keeping it fun and enjoyable!
1. Tell someone whose opinion you value
Share your goals with friends, family, and coworkers; the people that see you daily are more likely to be a constant reminder for you to stay on track. By sharing this goal, how you plan to achieve it and by when, brings validity to the process and less room for failure.
2. Check in on a regular
Have someone that you check in with on a regular basis – your friend, trainer or workout buddy. You’re 10 times more likely to continue your commitment if there is someone that you have to follow up with on a weekly or monthly basis.
3. Go social with it
Take to social media with your goal. I mean, we all know it’s not real unless its posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Don’t think twice about the people who may judge you, rather think about all the positive feedback you’ll get or the people you may inspire to join you on your journey.
4. Track your food with a food diary
A diary is a very good way to keep track of the healthy and unhealthy habits you have. To take it one step further, agree to show your diary to someone you trust weekly. If you have a diary of what you eat daily, it may take away the temptation of cheating.
5. Join a group or organization
With weight loss groups there are typically weekly weigh-ins, and NOBODY wants to be the only one in the group who gained a few pounds. See hash tags: #dontbethatguy #dontbethatgirl
6. Find a workout buddy
Set times, dates, and locations with someone who is reliable. Simply knowing that someone will be waiting for you is more than enough motivation to show up and put some work in.
7. Hire a professional
Hire a coach, nutritionist, personal trainer or anybody whom you have to pay. Knowing that you’ve invested money into a goal will help you avoid cancelling that evening workout or cheating on your diet.
8. Put some money on it
Throw some money in a pot, all or nothing, put your money where your mouth is! Don’t just talk a good game; back it up with a few dollars. Commit to paying a buddy a certain amount of money if you don’t reach a landmark. That’ll light a fire up under you, after all, who wants to just give money away?
9. Sign up for an event
A 5k race, fitness competition or throw a party. By having a deadline as to when you need to have met your goal will give you the motivation to continue even when you don’t feel like it. If you don’t train for it, you’ll most likely not reach your goal.
About DeLano Daniels
After many years in health and fitness and enduring some of life’s hardest trials, DeLano Daniels launched his own fitness company Pin Fit in 2012 to help motivate, inspire, and guide individuals who are wanting to change their lives. Not only is DeLano a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, but also a sponsored athlete, natural bodybuilder, writer, and college graduate. When DeLano isn’t training for shows, he can be found training individuals for special occasions, personal goals, fitness competitions, and most importantly better overall health and wellness. For questions regarding fitness, nutrition, or training, contact DeLano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-775-3590.