Did you know that about 80% of people drop their New Year’s Resolution by the second week of February? That statistic might make you want to think again about setting New Year goals for yourself. But, there is one strategy that can help you increase the chances of reaching your goals – accountability.
What do we mean by accountability? We mean using tactics that hold you responsible for your goals. We often set goals for ourselves, but don’t create a system that works consistently to help us achieve them.
Using the strategies in this blog, you will be able to understand how to maintain the momentum on your 2021 goals and set yourself up for success.
Set Smaller, Manageable Goals
When we think of New Year’s resolutions, we think of big, loft goals that we work on throughout the year. But, when we look at reality, these goals can seem too hard to tackle especially at the beginning. To offset this occurrence, break your big goal into smaller, more manageable goals that all support the main goal.
For example, if you set a goal to lose 100 pounds in 2021, set a smaller goal to lose 10 pounds in February. Then, set an even smaller goal to go to the gym 3 times per week. Achieving these smaller goals will make the larger goal seem more attainable!
Life has a way of moving forward quickly without a chance to stop and look at what’s in front of us. But when it comes to goals, analyzing progress and celebrating success is a must when you want to maintain momentum. Without making this a priority, it makes achieving goals less special.
A great way to celebrate your goal wins is to set rewards when you reach certain milestones. Back to our weight loss example, if you want to lose 100 lbs, you might reward yourself with a new clothing item at 75 lbs loss. This allows you to look forward to hitting that milestone and reward yourself for hitting it. Who doesn’t love a reward for a job well done?
If you’re not achieving your goals, it would be easy to drop them. This is where flexibility comes into place. Things don’t always go as planned and you may not reach your goals in the way you initially envisioned. That doesn’t mean you let the goal go, maybe you adjust the timeline or the goal itself. We may not be able to ensure goals happen the way we like, but we can continue to move forward.
Work with a Goal Accountability Coach
One of the most effective ways to remove the barriers between you and your goals is to have someone keep you accountable. When we can rely on another person to hold us responsible for our goals, we’re far less likely to fail. Think about working at a job. In a job setting, your boss holds you accountable for getting the job done.
As a goal accountability coach, I help my clients set, achieve, and celebrate their goals! If you’re ready to complete your 2020 goals, head to my services page to schedule a free call to learn about my accountability services.