Some great tips to learn how to hold yourself accountable and achieve your goals.
I've talked about a lot goal setting lately but how do you tick to achieving those goals? It's called holding yourself accountable and is crucial to being successful. Accountability means different things to different people so you'll have to figure out what works best for you but here are some helpful tips to get you started:
1) Track your goals
Tracking your goals is one way you can hold yourself accountable. There are several ways to track your goals but the easiest would be to keep a list that you can check off as you move along. Remember to keep your goals SMART ( Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely). Break larger goals into smaller ones so it's easier to see success.
Another great option is keeping a journal. This allows you to see how far you've progressed especially when you feel you might be in a slump or not moving as fast as you want.
2) Use benchmarks
If you're going to track goals with multiple steps or goals that take an extended amount of time to complete, it's important to break the goal up into smaller steps. Use each step as a benchmark, or group smaller steps together to create them.
Benchmarks make it easier to track progress without getting overwhelmed, and they will help you maintain your motivation.
3) Reward yourself
Change is hard and you need to reward yourself to keep your motivation going. Perhaps a small reward at each benchmark works for you, or wait until you've reached your larger goal.
4) Use visual reminders
Visual reminders are key for some people, especially those who are visual learners. It can be a simple sticky note with your goal written on it or an image that reminds you of your goal. Maybe a picture of your reward.
5) Find an accountability partner
Once you say something aloud, it becomes that harder to turn away from it. Having someone in your corner helps you stay on track. It could be a friend, spouse, co-worker, just find someone you can trust and who will help cheer you on and will be honest enough to let you know when you might need to refocus.
Make sure to check in often with your accountability partner.
6) Make adjustments
As you move along through reaching your goal, plans will often change and that's ok and normal. Be flexible enough to understand when you might need to make some adjustments. You might be doing something ok right now, so find a way to make that even better. There may be something that's not working at all and that's ok too. Ask your accountability partner how to readjust, or find resources to help you find a new path.
Remember: Success takes work, and knowing when to adjust is important.
Want even more ideas? Contact me and we can set up a time to go over some of your goals and how to achieve them!