READ ME: Accountability - the missing piece to achieving your goals
Goals. You’ve got them down. Big, hairy and audacious. You know what you want and you’re not afraid to go out there and get it.
You’ve broken your goals down into small steps and you’ve even nailed down your ‘why’ that motivates you to get everything done.
It’s not. Somehow that goal and those steps just aren’t getting done.
Something is missing.
Whilst having a plan and identifying your motivation is really important, the part that you’re missing from taking action is this: accountability.
On The Reset retreats we always finish our goal setting workshop with these statistics to really bring home to our guests the importance of accountability:
The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit to someone.
But if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed to, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.
Knowing that there’s someone there to check in with you is the difference between a great plan on paper, and a great plan in action.
We wish there was another word for ‘accountability.’ Because to some it can sound quite scary and intimidating.
But accountability isn’t someone scolding you for not getting things done. It’s someone who can support you in doing what you want to do.
This is your goal, your dream, your steps. Checking in with someone at a predetermined time just ups the chances of you getting there. And surely that’s something we all want?
If you have a goal that you haven’t achieved yet, is there someone in your life that could help be your accountability partner? That you can agree a time with, by which you’ll have ticked off some tasks on your list?
Sharing our goals can seem a bit scary too. Saying them out loud and being honest about what we want opens us up to vulnerability and also… failure. But if we don’t admit it and harness that support, we’re much less likely to get where we want to go.
When Lauren and I set up The Reset is 2018 we inadvertently realised that we had become each other’s accountability buddies for setting up our first retreat. It wasn’t until we talked about setting up The Reset to our very first guests that they pointed out to us what we’d done!
We both knew we wanted to run retreats. But we hadn’t really formulated a plan. Without realising it, after our initial meeting we followed these exact steps to add a level of accountability into our actions. We set an exact time and place that we would meet each week to report back to one another and get things done.
Would we have set up retreats on our own without this accountability? It’s unlikely. It would have been another pipe-dream idea that we both had at the back of our minds but never got around to doing.
But with each other there for accountability and a date and time in the diary, we wanted to get things done. We didn’t want to let each other down and this spurred us on to turn up to those meetings with actions taken, moving forward each and every week.
What do you think? How can you use accountability to reach your goals?