Top 5 Ways to Hold Yourself Accountable to Your Goals

By Sarah Wilson, RHN, categorized in Life Hacks

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Inspiration and motivation, something you may have in bucket loads one day but is non-existent the next. You have goals you want to achieve, but that oomph to get going and continue has fizzled away and you just don’t know where to begin. We can accomplish anything we set our minds to, no goal is too big, but sometimes it can be overwhelming and we hit road bumps. This is the moment to take a break, look back at what your goal means to you, and build your plan on how to get there. Ask for a little help and guidance and give yourself a good talking to in order to get back on track.

Here are my top five ways to reach your goals before you’ve even begun, or when you just need a little pick-me-up.

1.       Procrasti-what now?

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t have their own form of procrastination, even if it is doing something else productive like the washing! Stop the procrastination and make a timeline as to what you want to accomplish and when you want to have it done by. Set alarms and reminders in your phone to begin different tasks and keep you on track. Make yourself a schedule and stick to it by ticking each one off as you do them, we all love to see how productive we’ve been!

2.      List-en up

At the start of each week, write yourself a list of things you want to complete. Just the act of writing these tasks down, will give you an idea of what you’ll need to do to help you reach your goal and increase your chances of getting it done.

3.      Start a support group

Your friends and family want nothing more than for you to succeed. Fill them in, and let them know what goals you want to reach. Make sure they know that you need their help in keeping you motivated, whether it’s a weekly catch up or check in to make sure you’ve done what you said you would. Sometimes all it takes is an encouraging nudge from someone that just gets you.

4.      Visualise it

It’s always great to have a visual representation of what you’re trying to achieve. So, get that creative hat on and go old school with scissors, glue and magazines. Make yourself a collage of images with your goal on it to help make it a reality. Alternatively, use Pinterest to create a virtual version of your vision board using photos and inspirational quotes.

5.      The mentor project

Do have that one person you admire? Someone who has inspired you to want more? Well if they’ve inspired you, chances are they’ve been inspired by someone else and realize the benefits of having a mentor to share words of wisdom with them along the way. If you find yourself stuck and are unsure of how to go about reaching your goals, let someone who’s been there before help you out. Let them give you that guidance you need to stay motivated and take on whatever comes your way.

How do you hold yourself accountable to your goals?

Sarah Wilson, RHN

Sarah Wilson, RHN