Hey You! Yes you right there – I’m calling you out!
How many times have you started something that you didn’t finish?
How many times have you said that you were going to start on Monday?
How many times have you said that you’re going to start on the first of the month?
Benefits of Accountability and working with a coach:
Your overall success of reaching your goals is attainable.
When you have accountability (or someone like a coach, ahem ME) to keep you on track with your goals, you are more likely to actually try to obtain them. Together you and your coach will map your goals, a timeline, and methods on how you’re going to achieve each goal. Although you can most likely do this yourself, you are getting the perspective of an outside source to help with more ideas.
Your coach will be your biggest cheerleader.
Let’s face it – we LOVE being recognized for things that we do. I’m not a coach because I want to blow a whistle or criticize my clients, I’m a coach because I want to share in your successes! Every coach that I’ve worked with or have known revels in the idea that they are helping to make a change in someone’s life. That feeling can be worth so much more than money they may earn for helping. Another reason why working with a coach is helpful – you don’t have to be on your journey alone. In my case, I help to coach people who are in their health and fitness journeys. This is a lifestyle change and it is very hard to fall off track. The best part though – is that we are BOTH going through this!
When life gets in your way – a coach will help you remember that your goals are your priority.
I have been guilty of this and I know that I’m not alone. Life happens. Kids happen. Our jobs happen. What happens to our dreams when all this is happening? Helllooooo back burner! In fitness especially (it’s kind of my thing) I know that it is easier to skip a workout or eat a crappy meal because it is more convenient. When I first started my fitness journey, I probably would have given up completely if it wasn’t for my coach. Knowing the impact that she had (and that I had to report my measurements back to her) helped me get to a point where I knew it was a priority even when I didn’t want it to be.
Find someone who won’t let you quit.
Now that is deep right there! It doesn’t matter what your goal is – it can happen. Let’s think about this….you are assigned a project at work and each week you have to report back to your boss on the progress until it is finished. Knowing that you will have weekly updates will keep you motivated to keep going. When you have goals, the best way to ensure that you are accomplishing them or at least on the right path to do so is to report to someone. In the beginning it needs to be explained that you want tough love. You want to reach your goals, this is how you’re going to do it, and these are the weekly (or daily) tasks that I’m going to do to accomplish my goals. Your coach should be willing to accept these terms and follow-up with you and give you tough love if you aren’t staying on track.