Having A Hard Time Reaching Your Goals? Bet You Haven’t Tried This
Have you ever wanted to achieve something, but struggled to stay focused or think of new ways to reach your goal?
Or maybe your focus has been rock solid, but you still felt alone at times or experienced rough days along your journey?
Or, you could have 100 things on the go and need help prioritising.
I know I have been in all those positions before!
Whether you are studying, trying to grow your business, working towards improving your health and fitness or simply have a goal of any sort, knowing that someone has your back can be an amazing catalyst for success!
‘Having your back’ doesn’t mean that they do the work for you, but instead, they are right there for support and accountability when you need it – a support person or accountability buddy if you will!
This could be a close friend or family member, a like-minded peer, a professional such as a coach, or even a complete stranger. Not only is there is no need to go through things alone, but having an accountability buddy can really improve your productivity and could just be your secret weapon for success!
Before you go and rope in the nearest person to keep you accountable – choose carefully.
Your bestie might be a great cheerleader for you when you are feeling down, but you might not feel like talking to her about your long-term fitness goals when she is someone that is not at all interested in that ‘exercise stuff’ you do! Or maybe your Mum is great at checking in to see if you have done the study/business tasks you were meant to, but deep down you really don’t want to have to answer to her because it feels more annoying than motivating!
Finding the right accountability buddy will differ depending on your goals, but here are 3 things to keep in mind.
1. Find someone that is honest, really honest!
An accountability buddy doesn’t need to be your best friend – they need to help you stay on track and work towards your goal! You want to find someone that is comfortable giving you the (honest) feedback you need to move forward.
Instead of doing the work for you, or telling you every week that you are doing a good job trying even though you aren’t gaining any traction, you want someone that can say ‘hey, this clearly isn’t working, have you thought about trying this instead’. Or instead of someone that ‘fluffs’ over things and keeps you in your comfort zone, they challenge you!
2. Enlist someone you trust, and know will be there to support you even on the days you have no idea how you are going to get where you want to go.
At the very least, you want someone who can provide valuable, constructive feedback and perhaps even a different perspective when things feel like they are a bit stagnant. Consider asking someone who is working towards something similar, or has done so before. Work together to set clear expectations and commitments – how often you will check in, what you need from them, etc.
3. Be sure to CELEBRATE with them as you start ramping up action and achieving your goals!
So, who has got your back gorgeous? Who can you ask to be your accountability buddy? If no one comes to mind, think outside the box, or jump online – there are websites and Facebook groups dedicated to supporting each other in all facets of life. Engage with the right person and it may just be the best action you take towards reaching your next goal!