Accountability is one of the key reasons that I’m hired as a Personal Trainer. Quite often clients and potential clients will have a good idea of what they need to do to achieve their goals but they will start a workout programme and it becomes a little too easy to stop just a few days or weeks later.
It’s absolutely essential that we hold ourselves accountability for our actions and results but at certain times it’s a great idea to have a coach, personal trainer or your support network around to push ourselves harder and to make sure we do everything we need to do to get to where we want to go.
In the past I have messaged a client to see how they are doing or whether they’re ready for the session that evening and I’ve had a negative response back:
‘it’s too cold/wet to go out for a run’
‘I’ve had a long day’
I’ve heard a lot of reasons to skip a workout or training session and I do fully understand the difficulty of motivating yourself day in and day out. But you have to accept responsibility for your actions as it is this that will equal your results.
Whether or not you workout with a Personal Trainer or not, here are my Top 5 ways to stay accountable:
Know your ‘why’
Seriously – what’s your why? Sit back and ask yourself this question right now ‘why am I doing what I’m doing?’ It could be working out, you could be on your way to a job you don’t like. If you don’t have a very compelling reason to do something you are going to be unmotivated and are less likely to achieve your desired result.
Keep a Checklist of your Daily Habits
Your habits shape you and shape whether or not you are going to be successful. Start noting things down that you do on a daily basis and you will be able to see patterns forming of positive or negative actions. This will make you aware of adjustments that need to be made and remind you of where things are working or not.
Find Someone to Train With
This could be a trainer, it could be a friend who you share a goal with or someone who has already achieved what you’re trying to.
Measure your Progress
If you have a weight loss goal then make sure you’re weighing yourself under the same conditions every time you do (don’t do this more than once a week though), you’re taking waist/hip measurements and body fat measurements (if possible). This will keep you focused on your goal and the importance of putting the work in!
Surround Yourself With People That Support You
When you tell people about your goal, most of them will be supportive. You may have some people who aren’t, that’s just life. This is not a reflection on you but a reflection on them. Surround yourself with the positivity of those that are supportive and they will hold you accountable for the effort you are putting in to achieve your goals.
Now it's time for you to take hold of your future, pin down your goals and to work toward everything you can be! Contact me NOWfor a transformation session.