Do you have goals that you’re struggling to achieve? You might be missing one key element… accountability! Setting goals is one thing, but if you don’t have an action plan or strategy in place, how will you achieve them? Think about your goal like a GPS. You wouldn’t hop in the car with no directions or route map of how you’re going to get there, and goals are exactly the same. Here are 4 tips to help ensure you turn from being a goal setter into a goal getter!
We’re sure you’ve heard of the SMART goal strategy, but just in case you haven’t, it stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Although it may sound tedious, writing short- and long-term goals in this way will help you to visualize your journey, commit to it, and see it through. And in order to stay accountable, it helps to be very clear about the specific target you are aiming for.
Thanks to our smartphones, there’s an app for everything, including goal tracking. So whether you want to track your food intake with an app like myfitness pal, or your run with an app like strava, consistently tracking and recording your actions, will help ensure you’re continuing to make progress. Whilst the act of recording alone is effective, spending a few minutes each day or each week to evaluate your records is even better. During your reflection, you can consider what to continue doing, and what can be done differently, to improve on your progress.
Telling someone about your goals is one of the easiest ways to hold yourself accountable. Better yet? Invite someone like a close friend or family member along to do it with you. Having an accountability partner will help you find the motivation to get out of bed for your scheduled early morning run (instead of pressing snooze) or to encourage you to opt for a healthy home-cooked option instead of ordering takeaway.
Finding a productive way to invest in your health goal definitely ‘ups the ante’! If this rings true for you, it’s definitely worth considering investing in a regular session with a personal trainer or accredited dietitian, to discuss your goals, your progress, or even just to check-in. Or, perhaps you’d prefer to invest in some new activewear, properly fitted running shoes or a Garmin watch?