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Goals and Accountability, a Great Partnership

By Donna Kostiew

It could be the start of a new year or the beginning of bikini season. It could be a desire for a new career or an itch to travel to faraway lands. Whatever the case, we all know there are certain things that prompt us to set ambitious new goals in our lives and it all begins with the promises we tell ourselves.

  • “I will work out more!”
  • “I will lose weight!”
  • “I will get an education!”
  • “I will save more money!”

We have the best intentions when we set new goals, but we often wind up in a pile of excuses, don’t we? How does that happen? Why do we stop being productive and lose accountability for our actions?

Prioritizing our Goals

Goals are pretty easy to set … why else would New Year’s resolutions be so popular? The hard part is sticking to them and following through for more than a couple of weeks. Here are a couple tips that will keep your goals constantly within reach and will move you toward greater success.

  • Involve your family or friends – Involving others with the same goal will help hold you accountable and will make excuses less likely to pop up. It will be harder to cancel or avoid your commitments when you have to answer to somebody else and it may even push you to work at your goal more intensely. Friendly competition is a great incentive to push harder.
  • Got a smartphone? Use an app – Yes, there are smarter ways to use our phones other than the usual Facebook and Instagram scrolls. Find an app that will encourage you to track your progress and meet your goal. Whether it’s for fitness or finances, or anything in between, there is sure to be an app available that will inspire, motivate, and keep you on track to success.
  • Make it public – If you can’t find a friend or family member to join you on your path, then find an audience. Oftentimes, simply announcing your goal and enlisting a “fan club” is enough to keep you moving forward to your final destination. Keep your crowd of fans invested by telling your story. Why did you set that goal in the first place and why is it important to you? Deliver updates on your progress, talk about any setbacks, and get ready to receive their cheers and their support.

We all know the disappointing feeling when we lose sight of our goals, but with a few tools and some extra support, that feeling can be replaced with one of accomplishment! Don’t do it alone if you know there is a better way out there, and don’t be afraid to ask others to keep you honest and accountable.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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