The Key to Success: Accountability

What if there was a way to increase your chances of reaching your goals? Not only is it possible, but it’s easier than you might think.


We set goals all the time, but how many people do you actually tell about your goals? If you’re like most people, then you keep these goals locked up in your head. Aside from maybe your significant other or your family, no one else probably even knows what you’re going after.


That’s the wrong way to go about reaching your goals. Why you might ask? Well, it is easy to slack off and give only 20% when you know for a fact that no one is going to hound you over not trying harder. You can try and convince yourself for whatever reason that you weren’t able to try harder. In the end, you’ll always forgive yourself, and your goals will always remain just out of reach.


The way to increase the odds of not only hitting your goals, but surpassing them, is through accountability. You need to find someone who isn’t going to give in or accept your lame excuses for not trying harder. It’s tough to explain to them why you slacked off. If they are a good accountability partner, they won’t accept any excuse you give them. The only acceptable answer is that you hit your goal.


So where do you find an accountability partner. Yes, it could be a family member or your spouse, but they tend to be a little more forgiving than others. You need to find a friend or co-worker that is going to be tough on you. One that texts you constantly asking for an update on your progress. Can it be annoying? It sure can. I know, because I’ve worked with accountability partners before. It sucks trying to dig up an excuse why I’m not where I want to be on my goal path.


My challenge to you is to find someone over the next week that you think would fit the bill as an accountability partner. Explain to them what your goals are and when you want to achieve them by. Tell them not to hold back, and to constantly check-in with you to see where you’re at. Ideally, you can also be their partner, checking in on them with their current goals as well.


Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters & police. Jon is a personal trainer, firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and 3 cats.

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