As a follow up to the previous article on Accountability, there are many tools to consider – not bragging, but offering another way to get yourself out of your comfort zone by announcing your goals.
Outside of your inner circle of support, you can also cast a broader net to hold yourself accountable. Today, we have tools such as social media (Facebook and Twitter are among the best for goal-setting purposes). By “Tweeting” or “sharing” on Facebook on a daily basis you not only practice the art of writing down your goals, but also you reach a broader audience of “followers” who can also encourage you through “likes” and comments. Any naysayers you spot from their comments, you should automatically quit following or “de- friend”. You do not want negative energy around your efforts.
Here are some specific ways you can use different kinds of social media to support your goals and hold yourself accountable.
Facebook – Only include friends who behave passionately and support your goals and are achievers themselves. Eliminate negative people from your life. As mentioned above, “de-friend” those who make any negative, sarcastic or rude comments about your posts. Facebook provides the additional bonus of being a fun tool to socialize, network and connect with unexpected supporters. You will end up with numerous, unexpected and supportive friends who help each other.
YouTube – This suggestion may sound crazy, but if you want to be accountable, post a video where you outline your goals and then send the link to your friends. Don’t be shy. You can even be entertaining in how you present your goals. Bring your positive, passionate energy to the presentation, and you’ll enrapture everyone with it.
Linked In Groups – Join groups under specific categories, interests, industries, recreational and personal interests, hobbies and more. Many people in these groups share your passions and will help support you to achieve your goals as you make each one public. Members may even share your goals, and you can create synergies around your goal-setting tactics. For additional goal discussions and ideas join our free Linked In Groups Page, Chief Goals Officer – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Chief-Goals-Officer-4259280? gid=4259280&mostPopular=&trk=tyah
Twitter – Yes, send out some tweets to your community. If you don’t have a community of followers and people you follow, make sure you build one. Remember to focus on like-minded people with similar passions and interests.
Start a Blog – This is a great way to publish your goal achievement, hurdles, and another way that you can publicize your personal journal to inspire yourself and others to reach some big-time goals.
Other tools outside of social media, you can use some other tools just as effectively. These tools include:
Journaling – Journaling is one of the most effective accountability tools. Journaling gives you continuous feedback and a fantastic reference point to ensure that you are on track. Journaling every day will automate timelines in your subconscious so you are working toward achieving the micro steps necessary to reach some of your long-term goals. In addition to daily journaling, you can include a simple spreadsheet on your computer to be used as well (in conjunction with your daily journal). The key component is to chart your successes and failures. Also, the journal will provide a resource to review accomplishments and what went wrong to learn from your mistakes.
Like-Minded groups – Other accountability opportunities could include meeting with a group of like-minded, goal-oriented individuals every week to see how everyone is coming along (this can easily be done online with a chat group, Skype, etc.). It never hurts to discuss new ideas and to add friendly competition to the process; however, it needs to remain fun and focused on goal achievement (not trying to outdo each other).
Accountability partner – Accountability can also work well with a single partner with whom you schedule regular weekly or monthly meetings. In both cases either with a group or partner, you can reward each other for short- and long-term goal achievement. Remember after a few weeks, your motivation might start to wane – and this is where a group or individual could be an added benefit.
Don’t brag; just connect with your community to add the accountability “pressure” to push you toward goal achievement!
By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’