The Accountability Factor
Let’s face it. It’s easy to get started with any fitness program or health goal when your mojo is as high as a kite.
If you’re like many others you probably even get excited about starting a new health and fitness kick.
You go out and buy all the clobber and then join a local gym with the best of intentions.
You tell yourself, “This is it – this is year I get my fat (insert body part) in shape!”
Yet, two weeks into your new healthy life you start to lose momentum. It’s not as fun as you thought it’d be and it’s harder to get motivated.
When you haven’t created a means to hold yourself accountable for your fitness and fat loss goals, there’s nothing motivating you to push forward.
Here are a few tips to make sure your mojo doesn’t flounder like the rest of them come middle of February.
1. Set Short Term Goals
One of the biggest reason people fail to achieve their fitness goals is because they haven’t set themselves any goals to begin with. For example, you might want to lose 20lbs, which is great. BUT this is unlikely to happen in the next few weeks or even months IF you don’t set some short term goals.
When I train my own clients we set short term goals. We look at the end goal and work backwards to establish weekly and monthly targets that will help us stay focused so that we can achieve our utlimate goal.
2. Document Your Goals
Writing down your goals changes them from dreams or wishes to actual goals. It also helps you with the next step. If you have a diary write them down next to the dates you are set to achieve these goals. If you are more structured, consider creating a spreadsheet on your computer. There are aso plenty of fitness apps you can use to keep an eye on things. Use whatever system works best for you.
3. Plan for Them
The next step is to plan how you’re going to achieve your fitness goals. If you’re short of time, then something like our boot camp home program might suit you best. On the other hand you might like visiting the gym, in which case how many times a week can you attend, what will you do, etc.
Plan out the details. It’s okay if you make changes to your plan along the way. The purpose of the plan isn’t to hold you to a rigid schedule. The purpose is so you become accountable for your goals.
4. Announce Your Goals
There’s something very motivating about telling others what you’re doing (that’s what our forum is for). You force yourself to be a bit more accountable because these same people will ask you next week or next month, “how’s that new fitness program going?” They’ll also notice when you’ve lost weight and begin to look healthier.
5. Celebrate Success
Include in your plan some sort of reward or celebration. You don’t have to throw yourself a party or buy something expensive. Small celebrations work well too.
Once you’ve achieved your goals it’s time to take it to the next level. What can you achieve? Set a goal, plan for it, and hold yourself accountable.
You’re the one in control of your life…