With the new year coming at us tomorrow, I know a ton of people who are getting their Resolutions ready. What about you? Have you set your goals for 2016?
The statistics show that over 80% of resolutions don’t survive until the end of January. What’s to blame? Lack of specific outcomes and more importantly…dwindling motivation!
Avoidance is only behind the fear of missing out when it comes to the enemies of productivity. Dwindling motivation is just one form of avoidance. When was the last time you started something strong and motivated only to lose steam and give up without reaching your goal?
We’ve all been there. And it always seems to happen this time of year. But by building accountability into your goals, you can keep your motivation going. One of the best forms of accountability comes from your peers. Someone is there to cheer you on when you’re doing well, or push you when you’re struggling.
[callout]Exclusive Download: Get my free accountability worksheet to help you and a partner encourage and push each other to achieve your goals.[/callout]
Accountability can come in many forms: an authority figure like your boss, commander, or team leader, or even from a sense of duty. But the the person in the trenches next to you is the one who can get you through the toughest situations.[shareable cite=”Robby Miles”]By building accountability into your goals, you can keep your motivation going.[/shareable]
Peer Accountability Works
First, you are working with someone who is at a similar level of accomplishment. They understand your situation and the challenges you’re facing.
Second, there’s nothing as motivating as a little friendly competition. Teams accomplish greater results when they compete among themselves.
Don’t forget, accountability is a two-way street. You have to determine to help your buddies more than you expect them to help you.
Find Your Accountability Partner
- Brainstorm a list of people you know who have similar goals, projects, or distractions as you (spouse, college buddies, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, etc.). A good place to start is by looking at the last ten people in your recent calls, text messages, and email sent folder.
- Determine the best way to contact the person you identified.
- Contact them NOW, or schedule a time to contact them. Don’t let avoidance and procrastination creep up on you!
- If you’re stuck, try this script.
I’m working on (project, difficulty, or goal). I thought this might be something you’re interested in too. I was hoping that we could work together.
Are you willing to either email or get on a call with me to check in regularly? I really think we could work well together.
[shareable cite=”Robby Miles”]There’s nothing as motivating as a little friendly competition.[/shareable]
Develop An Accountability Plan
- Schedule regular meeting times (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly).
- Set an agenda, and stick to it.
- Get my free accountability worksheet to help you and a partner encourage and push each other to achieve your goals.
Now go out and attack your goals knowing that you have someone sitting in your corner.
[reminder]What can you accomplish if you are held accountable?[/reminder]