Accountability Within A Strong Support Group
One of the things we love most about this challenge is the awesome community. Give advice, get advice: when you share advice, recipes, tips and tricks, you help others succeed and get inspired in return. What it all boils down to is having accountability within a strong support group.
As we near the end of our nutrition challenge, it’s the perfect time to start thinking of this very thing.
Stay on Course with Accountability
Any time you decide to make a change it’s normal to feel nervous, experience discomfort, and excitement. And maybe feel all of those things at the same time. No one said it was going to be easy, right? Thankfully there are some tips help you stay the course after the challenge is over.
Accountability within a strong support group is incredibly important. Having a support system or a method to “check in” with yourself is guaranteed to increase your likelihood of success. In fact, it can make the difference between being successful and giving up.
Required or expected to justify actions or decisions.
Sure, you could do this alone. But not if you want to reach your full potential.
And, often it’s easier – and more fun – with some help.
According to research by social psychologist Dr. David McClelland of Harvard, the people with whom you habitually associate are called your reference group and these people determine as much as 95% of your success or failure in life.
Tips to Stay Accountable
Share Your Goal
Write down your realistic goal, post it somewhere visible or put it in your calendar as a weekly reminder. Then make that goal public. Few things push someone like a deadline can… And an audience. If you tell others what you intend to do it you’ll work harder.
Growth happens from taking action. And taking action almost always brings criticism along with it. Be prepared for that. Move forward anyways.
Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, “Whatever course you decide upon there’s always someone to tell you that you are wrong. They are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a plan of action and follow it to the end requires… courage.”
Find a Buddy or Two
Jim Rohn asserted that we become the combined average of the five people we hang around the most. He believed that we start to eat what they eat talk like they talk read what they read think like they think watch what they watch and dress like they dress.
Find a buddy or two who will not only help you stay on track, but who will also be there to share your struggles and celebrations. This person should be someone who has their own fitness or nutrition goals.
Talk weekly and go over each other’s progress. Schedule time to work out together, share recipes & check in to help each other stay accountable.
You need people around you who will support you in your efforts to achieve your goals. Not sabotage them.
Get a Coach
A neutral third party can help take some of the stress off you and help make life easier. This person should be someone you can relate to, trust and feel comfortable talking with. At Salus Nutrition, coaching is completely personalized to help you feel your best. Working strategically with science as the backbone, we’ll teach you how to become more aware of your mind and body connection and the impact that it can have on your overall health.
Check in with yourself daily. And remember to listen to your body. When I’m stressed, I tend to hold tension in my shoulders immediately. That’s a sign to take a step back, call myself out and dive a little deeper into what is really bothering me: am I sleep deprived, over-training, under-eating, over-stressed?
When you check in with yourself it’s a great way to be in the present moment, get back on track with your goals and learn about yourself on a deeper level.
When we learn about our bodies, we then get to own the power to change the way we feel.
What about you?
How do you plan to stay accountable to your goals? What has worked for you in the past (and what hasn’t worked)?
I want to know. Leave me a message below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Good Health,