Wednesday, 14 June 2017

How To Hold Yourself Accountable

We all have dreams — and when we turn those dreams into goals, we are making the conscious decision to pursue them. Today, we hear frequently, out of our own mouths or another, that we “lack self-discipline” or “motivation”. Whether this is in pursuit of a health goal, a career goal or a social one, every change we make in our lives starts out as a conscious effort, rooted and relying upon some degree of discipline. So, how do we hold ourselves accountable?

The first step to keeping yourself on track, is making sure that the track you’re on is realistic. Don’t create a plan that you can’t integrate into your daily life, just because someone else has managed to plug it into theirs. We’re all different — cater your goals to your own life: they’re your goals after all. Tip: when you’re creating your plan, have intermittent ‘check-in’ dates along the way, so that you don’t get to the end of your three month or six month plan and realize that you fell off the wagon three weeks in. 

Infiltrate your life with as many reminders, prompts, inspiring pictures and forced habits as humanly possible. Annoy yourself with how present your goal is. Download apps (and allow notifications!), create inspo boards, change you iPhone wallpaper, your computer desktop, put sticky notes on your bathroom mirror… whatever it takes. And more.

Next, make sure you tell people about your goal — that way, the  you’re out with friends, they’ll not only ask you about how you’re going (and you want to be able to say “great!” don’t you?), but you’ll also act in front of them in a way that fosters your goal. Eventually, this will become a habit no matter where you are or who you’re with.

Finally, make sure that you wake up every morning thinking about your goal, and go to sleep envisioning yourself having that goal. I’ve written an article a while ago about the Law of Attraction, and its ability to draw your goals into your life (you can check it out here), and I truly, wholeheartedly believe that employing this mindset and lifestyle will uproot and renovate your everything for the better.

Finally, ask yourself before everything you do — “what do I want more?” — and after you do something — “did that make me happy?”

Being self-reflective is more powerful than being imaginative or ambitious.



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