My last post I talked about setting goals in a way that allows for the best chance for success. Having a strategy when it comes to goals and little steppingstones along the way to the overall goal helps keep motivation high. Knowing that each successful step you take and each mini goal you hit allows you to reach your overarching goal keeps your ‘eyes on the prize’.
What I didn’t mention in the last post was somedays that intrinsic motivation will be low and your desire to even knock off a mini goal could be at a 2 on a scale from 1-10. That’s okay, because we are humans and not robots. We don’t wake up every day and have the option to turn our motivation knob up to 10. So many factors can play into why you just don’t have the motivation to get stuff done like you usually do, and this is when accountability steps in. Yes, intrinsically motivated accountability is something we all should have when it comes to reaching our goals, but somedays you need a little bit more than your self-talk. This is where having someone you know will tell you to get up and get whatever needs to be done, done (in the most supportive way possible) is super important. Yeah sure I have heard the sayings.. “work hard in silence”… “let your success be the noise”… “not all hustle is out loud”… “be quiet about your plans” .. the list goes on. There is some stock in those statements, one shouldn’t be boastful and put everything on display for the world to see, but you don’t have to keep your life a secret from those closest to you. Find someone that will remind you to get the little things done and give you that extra push on the days you are dragging your feet. You can also set reminders on your phone and alarms if you really want to make sure you get things done when they should be done. But those are easy to ignore and snooze when no one else knows what should have been done. It is a lot harder to look someone in the eyes (or through a screen due to our virtual living these days) and justify why you didn’t get something done, than it is to justify it to yourself.
I challenged you guys in my last post to create mini goals as checkpoints along the journey to your overall goal; I now challenge you to find an accountability partner(s) to help keep you on track, both on the good and not so good days. It will be good for all parties involved. You will be proud of yourself when you make your dream a reality and proud watching your partner(s) make their dreams a reality as well. When you pick this person you are going to want someone who will be honest with you, this isn’t the time to recruit your friend who is always telling you what you want to hear. This person should be driven as well, have goals they are working to achieve, and must believe in your ability to reach your goals and be unwilling to let you settle for anything less than you achieving them.
I understand that everyone may not have positive and motivated people surrounding them and pushing them to be their best selves; no worries because Smarter Athlete Fitness and Nutrition offers a built-in accountability partner when you sign up for either nutrition or fitness or a combination coaching plan. Your coach will design a program that is personalized to your goals and be there for you each week to make sure you are supported on your journey. If this is what you are looking for reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.