There are some people out there (read: the minority) who have absolutely no trouble achieving and sustaining their goals, be it relationship goals, financial goals, career goals, or healthy behaviour goals. There are other people out there who end up feeling guilty when they slip up their goals and then proceed to give up entirely on their goals.
This is the majority of people.
Writing down your goals is important to keep accountability for your self-identified goals. Better yet, tell your friends about your goals. They will help keep you accountable to your goals.
Behaviour change takes a lot of determination, a lot of persistence, and a lot of humility and self-forgiveness. If you didn’t make it out for your morning jog, don’t beat yourself over it. Doing so will just make you feel worse off about yourself and lead you to not want to commit to going out for another jog later in the week.
I found that this was the key difference to my sustained commitment to physical activity. You really have to WANT to make the change and have to experience the benefits of the change. For an entire year (all of 2012) I did pretty much nada physical activity. Since I committed to myself to change my behaviour, I have been pretty consistent at either going for a 30 minute jog or an hour session of yoga on a three-times a week basis. Since doing so, I have felt great (those endorphins are pretty powerful, I tell you) and this feeling has helped continue the behaviour change.
In summary, thinking it, saying it, and writing it down are the most important keys to goal setting and behaviour change.
Readers, how do you keep accountable for your goals? What do you find is the best way to keep accountable?
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