Ever notice that most of us have no trouble honoring commitments we make to others, but often fail to honor commitments we make to ourselves?
I sure do. In fact, one of the biggest reasons my clients hire me is to help them stay accountable to their goals. For some reason, just telling a person who cares about you, what you will do, increases the likelihood you will do it.
I experienced this myself this past weekend.
I love walking outside. It nourishes me emotionally, as well as physically. But I hate cold weather. And for me, anything below 70-degrees is brisk. So when the temperature drops below 45-degrees, I head for Planet Fitness, even though I never achieve the psychic benefits that walking in nature provides.
Last week, after complaining to a friend about my aversion to winter walking one too many times, she made me promise that I would go for a short walk outside over the weekend. Little did I know when I made the promise that the temperature on walk day would drop to a bone chilling 9 degrees! And yet, because I promised my friend I would walk, I put on my long underwear, double mittens, hat, scarf and neck warmer and walked (or waddled!) outside with my cold-loving dog, Gracie, for 20-minutes. Yes, it was chilly, but I was fine. Better than fine, actually, I was invigorated. And since no one besides Gracie was around to witness my arctic achievement, I took my first selfie to send to my friend!
And here’s the thing. I’m quite certain that if I had not promised to walk outside, I would have stayed in my comfy yoga pants and fuzzy sweater and missed the moment altogether.
Now it’s your turn:
- Think of a to-do you’ve been putting off.
- Pick someone who cares about you. (Pick Me! Pick Me!)
- Call, email, or text that person and promise them you will do your activity by x date.
Then let the magic begin.
So dear one, tell me:
What helps you stay accountable to your goals?