Holding Yourself Accountable with your Goals or New Year’s Resolutions in 2019
Wednesday, 1 / 23 / 19
Merriam-Webster defines accountability as an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. What does this have to do with anything? It has EVERYTHING to do with staying on track with your goals or new year’s resolutions for 2019 and the future!
First you must have a goal or goals to work towards. Write them down somewhere so you can see them every day. A constant reminder of what you are working towards is what you need! Maybe a before picture is what you need to do if you are working towards improving your body comp or you simply want to lose some weight. Maybe you have a short term and a long-term goal, again have them written somewhere so that you are reminded of where you want to be or what you want to do.
As you are working towards your goals, you need to have the desire to work and have a level of intensity while you are working. Intensity can be defined as extreme degree of strength force, energy or feeling. This can be depicted as pushing yourself out of your comfort zone while you are exercising or giving it all you have at the end of your class like it is the 4th quarter of a championship game. Now this doesn’t mean that you should push yourself past your limits where you might injury yourself. But it does mean that a level of discomfort is not a bad thing (SK touched on this in a previous blog).
You should have a level of satisfaction at the end of the day that you did something that made you that much better than you were the previous day.
Nothing helps more than having a buddy or buddies to hold you accountable! Training with someone who has similar goals as you not only can help the both of you stay on track but can add a level of comradery as well. There are a few of us here at CPC that are currently working from the same training program. There has been an unbelievable amount of comradery, intensity and growth towards all our goals collectively even though they are not all the same goals. We have all pushed each other out of our comfort zones and there have been many PRs (Mike had a deadlift PR this week!) and its only month 2!
One of the biggest downfalls to new year’s resolutions or goals is that people tend to just check the boxes each day i.e. I worked out, I ate the correct amount of meals today etc.… DO NOT just check the boxes. You should have a level of satisfaction at the end of the day that you did something that made you that much better than you were the previous day. A way to enhance this is to keep a journal. At the end of each day write down how you made yourself better that day. Keeping a level of intensity and accountability will aid you in not falling into the groove of just checking off the boxes or going through the motions each day.
Lastly you should be revisiting your goals every so often. If this means weighing in each week or taking a monthly picture of yourself to see the progress you have made so far then do it! I know that being involved in the prioritize me program here at CPC gave me something to work towards and I have been progressively revisiting my goals to see where I stand. This has kept me on track as well as allowing me to change what I need to in order to make myself that much better than I was yesterday.
I want you all to revisit your goals and make sure that you are on the right path and if you aren’t then do not hesitate to ask for help! Go crush your day and make yourself that much better! #beaboutit